The Wildlife Research and Training Institute (WRTI) is set to host its first Wildlife Scientific Conference attracting local and foreign policy makers, managers and wildlife scientists.

The conference slated for September 26-28, 2023 will bring together stakeholders from government ministries, County Governments, conservation NGOs, management authorities, regulatory authorities, research and training institutes, universities as well as the media.

The significant forum is scheduled to be held at Lake Naivasha Resort under the theme: “Use of wildlife science for enhanced biodiversity conservation and improved livelihoods."

During the conference organized by WRTI, wildlife scientists are set to showcase their research findings to inform participants on current wildlife issues in Kenya and beyond.

“It is my hope that this 1st scientific wildlife forum of its kind in Kenya will provide important insights into solutions to address declining wildlife populations, increasing habitat loss and degradation, increasing intolerance of human-wildlife coexistence, emerging and re-emerging diseases, loss of genetic viability, and climate change among others,” said Wildlife Tourism and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Peninah Malonza.

The organizing committee says the scientists will also present opportunities and possible solutions that will inform policy formulation and management for sustainable development.

The conference programme will include addresses from keynote speakers, plenary and panel discussions, oral and poster presentations, exhibitions as well as side events.

“Informed decisions can only be arrived at from serious research and engagement. Even then, we note that undertaking research requires funds and therefore, the State Department for Wildlife is committed to providing the necessary support from within and without,” stated Wildlife, Tourism and Heritage Principal Secretary Sylvia Museiya.

The forum will propose solutions, especially to wildlife population decline, habitat loss and degradation, poaching, habitat connectivity, diseases and loss of genetic viability, human-wildlife conflict, infrastructure development and impacts of climate change.

“This occasion marks the beginning of a new chapter in Kenya and sets the platform for biennial similar events in future,” added WRTI Director/CEO Dr Patrick Omondi.

The conference’s proposals are set to enhance wildlife conservation and socio-economic benefits for local communities, and grow tourism earnings from wildlife resources in Kenya.