Kenya-Tanzania Conservation Synergy for Migratory Lesser Flamingoes


Every year, about 805,000 flamingoes migrate between Lake Nakuru, Kenya’s primary flamingo feeding site, and Lake Natron, another important breeding site in Tanzania. In 2008, the Kenya National Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Lesser Flamingo set the stage for concerted and harmonized conservation initiatives. For effectively monitoring the conservation of lesser flamingoes in Kenya, however, good cooperation and institutional synergy between Kenya and Tanzania is essential. Who would take this task, however, is not yet clear. For example, the Kenya Wildlife Service, which mainly undertakes wildlife conservation activities, is not prepared for establishing transboundary conservation actions for migratory birds. The East Africa Regional Lesser Flamingo Network paved way for transboundary collaboration by making it possible to share action plans and information about conservation status. We argue, however, there is much room for improvement. Given worsening water quality conditions in Lake Nakuru, this paper explores some possible areas in legal and administrative frameworks to be improved so that Kenya and Tanzania conservation can mutually benefit in the future.

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Joseph Muiruri Karanja, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Kenichi Matsui, University of Tsukuba, Japan

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Conference: IICSEEHawaii2018
Stream: Oceans and seas

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