09-10-2020 by redazione
The US has decided to help Kenya's tourism sector recover from this prolonged period of limitations due to the pandemic.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has decided to allocate 750 million shillings through a three-year programme to support communities in the Masai Mara, the coast and northern Kenya who are suffering from the loss of tourism and therefore the minimum necessary for their livelihoods.
USAID's Head of Africa John Barsa and the US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter
announced the programme during their recent visit to the Mara Naboisho Conservancy.
The two revealed that aid should directly involve Kenyan local leaders and community members to design solutions that attract and increase private sector investment, support the economic empowerment of local communities, especially for women and young people, and improve the ability of conservationists to access the funding necessary for their recovery and the creation of stable livelihoods.
"The programme underlines the US Government's priority to support Kenya's locally owned, locally managed partnerships," says the official USAID statement, "working with local conservationists will provide a path to strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities in Kenya, whose local leaders and conservancy members will lead the programme, which will pursue what they themselves identify as their highest priorities.
The areas identified include youth unemployment, tribal and social conflict, poor social assistance and severe daily food shortages among their main problems.
At the same time, there are environmental threats to be combated, including poaching of wildlife, desert locust invasions and landscapes exposed to serious degradation that cause inestimable hardship to livestock and agriculture and lead to terrible episodes such as that of a few days ago when felines and other animals died in a protected area north of the Mara.
"The communities and landowners of these landscapes depend heavily on naturalistic tourism, conservation and other land uses compatible with conservation for their livelihood and socio-economic well-being," said the USAID manager.
Excellent news for the economy and for tourism in Kenya.
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