Margaret W. Mwakima, Principal Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife of Kenya led a delegation to visit the Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS) from Apr. 9th to 13th, 2018. The Vice President of CAS Zhang Yaping received the delegation. Two parties held talks on cooperation in environmental protection, wildlife protection and other fields through Sino-Africa Joint Research Center.
The Vice President of CAS Zhang Yaping received the delegation
In the 2015 Johannesburg Summit of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, leaders of China and African countries put forward the "China-Africa green development p together, which emphasized the importance of wildlife protection. In order to implement this plan, CAS would like to provide technical assistance and training and explore the feasibility of implement anti-poaching cooperation technology demonstration in Kenya.
Dr. Margaret marked that wildlife contributes greatly to the economy of Kenya, since 70% tourists visit the natural protection area in Kenya. Due to this situation, the Kenya government set up the ministry of tourism and wildlife three months ago to strengthen wildlife management. She hoped to increase the cooperation with CAS through Sino-Africa Joint Research Center and enhance the ability of bio diversity protection and research.
During the visit in Shanghai, Prof. Huang Weiguang, Vice President of Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI) and Prof. Wang Qingfeng, Director of Sino-Africa Joint Research Center received the delegation and discussed the development of anti-poaching cooperation. With the support of Sino-Africa Joint Research Center, the anti-poaching cooperation between SARI and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has made substantial progress. It is hoped that the anti-poaching cooperation system could be installed in Kenya as soon as possible, contributing to the wildlife protection in Africa and be an example model of scientific cooperation between China and Kenya.
Dr. Margaret hoped that the anti-poaching system initiated by SARI can be used in Kenya to provide protection for the elephants, rhinoceros and other rare animals. Meanwhile, it can help to promote the development of tourism industry in Kenya.
Prof. Feng Songlin, leader of anti-poaching project, introduced the framework of the system and the progress of the project and showed the delegation around the system demonstration. Dr. Margaret thought highly of the system, which integrates a variety of advanced technology and equipment, and was confident that it would provide enormous support for the wildlife in Kenya. The Kenya government will provide assistance to the implementation of the system in Tsavo National Park of Kenya.
The delegation also visited the Institute of Zoology, the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth and the Shanghai Natural History Museum, and conducted communication in-depth on the cooperation in the fields of animal and plant specimens, scientific tourism and remote sensing data during their visit in China.
SARI anti-poaching discussion