Kenya will burn 105 tonnes of ivory and 1.5 tonnes of rhino horn on Saturday 29 April 2016.
By burning almost its entire ivory stockpile, Kenya is sending out the message that it will never benefit from illegal ivory captured from poachers or seized in transit.
Several dignitaries across the globe are expected to witness this exercise.
Among them is the United Nations Development Programme UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark who arrives in Kenya on 29 April for a two day official mission to promote wildlife conservation.
The visit coincides with the world’s largest destruction of elephant tusks by the Kenyan government. During her visit she is expected to emphasize the importance of conservation and the role played by UNDP and other UN agencies to support countries in their conservation efforts.
She will also attend a Giants Club meeting to discuss and identify global opportunities to curb poaching and trafficking of wildlife.
African countries are currently fighting to protect their natural heritage, including wildlife, which has traditionally made an important social and economic contribution.
Kenya has a thriving tourism industry with over one million tourists visiting its game parks and wildlife sanctuaries, contributing close to 12% of Kenya’s GDP and directly employing more than one million people. UNDP is currently supporting the Kenya Wildlife Service and local community partners, in the Amboseli-Chyulu ecosystem to invest in successful community conservancies’ approach, in which Kenya is a world leader.
– Wamoyi M. M., AfricanQuarters Kenya