The Chief Conservator of Forests, Julius Kamau has been appointed Honorary Warden under the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013 for three years.
His appointment was gazetted on 9th February 2021 by Tourism and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala.
The title of an Honorary Warden is a State recognition.
The recognition is to acknowledge suitable persons for their notable work that in one way or another supports and promotes core functions in conservation and management of wildlife in Kenya.
The recognition also gives an Honorary Wildlife Warden the main duty and responsibility of assisting the State organization responsible for wildlife conservation.
Kamau will assist the Kenya Wildlife Service led by Director General Brig. (Rtd) John Waweru.
He will help curb poaching and clandestine trade in wild animals and products, detection, and prosecution of offences under the Wildlife Protection Act.
He will also help prevent damage to the habitat of wildlife, identification, and selection of areas suitable to be declared as sanctuaries, national parks, closed areas as well as measures for their protection.
The recognition also provides that the holder of the title plays an active role in advising on measures for dealing with the problem of damage by wild animals to life and property, including the assessment and payment of compensation.
The Honorary Warden also promotes the message of conservation to the people and enlisting public support for nature and wildlife conservation.
Kamau, thanked CS Najib Balala for the recognition.
He is a career conservationist and has been at the helm of KFS since he was appointed the CCF in April 2019.
Stakeholders in the tourism sector, Ministry of Environment and Forestry and KWS lauded Kamau for the appointment.