08-12-2017 by Giovanna Grampa
Signs everywhere to educate tourists and residents to protect the marine environment, and bins to collect waste.
The awareness raising campaign for the respect and protection of marine biodiversity opens a new phase of collaboration between the Honorary Warden of Malindi and KWS, Kenya Wildlife Service.
A few weeks ago, the distribution of billboards began, showing, with simple and clear symbols, the basic rules to be respected in order to guarantee the legality and protection of protected species.
The initiative was promoted by Senior Warden of the Marine Park of Malindi, Jane Githau, and economically supported by some residents who have adhered to the amnesty for the detention of shells and carapaci, argument widely reported in several articles by malindikenya. net in the last year.
Two measures have been chosen: two-metre billboards for one (Ksh. 5,500 per metre (one) with all the main standards and a smaller one for one metre (Ksh. 3,500) for turtles and waste.
During a meeting held last September with the KWS rangers, it was established to exhibit these posters at the Marine Park and along the whole coast starting from Kola Beach to Watamu, adding several strategic points of passage for tourists, residents and local population.
You will also see them hanging from Malindi Airport in the areas reserved for departures and arrivals.
The KWS is only waiting for authorisations from the relevant airport authority, KCCA.
Bins will also be placed on the beach next to the billboards to collect any garbage.
Plastic, paper, glass and anything else we know is mistaken for food by animals and unfortunately their ingestion could cause suffocation, intestinal blockages or even fatal damage to the digestive tract.
Turtles in particular are often victims of plastic and abandoned nets, responsible for very serious injuries, strangulations or death from starvation due to the impossibility of moving and eating for the animal. As disseminators, we particularly appeal to the young Kenyans "- said Senior Warden in a recent meeting -" to form new consciences and knowledge inevitably translates into respect. Only through full responsibility will it be possible to protect the environment and the marine ecosystem.
And precisely in support of these concepts, for those who had the opportunity to pass to the Marine Park of Malindi, before entering the large gate you can see, on the right, a beautiful table-showcase, also donated by our compatriot, where are on display shells of various kinds whose collection is illegal. This is where the numerous school groups stop on a trip to the sea and start imprinting for their education to respect the protected species in the area because it is the human being who manages the resources of the Planet with his daily choices and the Indian Ocean is rich in biodiversity that must be protected.
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