The Tourism sector has in the recent past suffered as a result of the travel advisories issued by tourist source countries. The advisories come in the wake of violent attacks by Islamist militias.
In response to this, the government came up with a Tourism Recovery Strategy committee to help the sector recover.
The committee is comprised of various professionals who will suggest strategies to move the sector forward.Through the committee the sector is set to receive $2.4m boost from the government to help in its recovery.
Ms. Kandie, Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism released the performance results for 2013 tourism sector that show a significant drop in the country’s largest income earner.
Total international arrivals for the year by air and sea dropped by 11.7 per cent to close at 1.09 million down from 1.23 million recorded in 2012 while Jomo Kenyatta International Airport arrivals dropped by 14 per cent to 900,000 from 1.047 million recorded in 2012.
Rhino short for Rhinoceros is another of natures wonders known by its huge size, horn/horns above its noses, 1.5cm thick skin. It’s like an amour plated car.
Fierce looking with an expression that goes like ” I will charge at you if you do not get out of my way! ”
Rhinos like all other animals in the wild play their role in the ecosystem and in terms of supporting a country’s tourism sector by attracting hundreds of wildlife tourists. There are 5 different rhino species, 2 of which are native to Africa and the other three to Southern Asia.
The black rhino known for its beak shaped mouth is ranked as critically endangered meaning it faces risk of extinction in the wild. According to the World Wildlife Fund WWF Between 1970 and 1992, 96 percent of Africa’s remaining black rhinos were killed as a result of illegal wildlife trade with their horns being targets for Asian consumers particularly in Vietnam for making folk remedies.
White rhinos are the second largest land mammal and their name comes from the Afrikaan’s, a West Germanic language, word “weit” which means wide and refers to the animal’s muzzle. Also known as the square-lipped rhinoceros, white rhinos have a square upper lip with almost no hair. The majority (98.8%) of white rhinos occur in just four countries: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya.They are the only rhinos that are not endangered.
Conservationists are doing a lot to protect wildlife and just this month Kenya’s Ol pejeta conservancy announced plans to use unmanned drones to help track poachers and wildlife in a bid to curb the poaching menace that is robbing us of irreplaceable wildlife resources and damaging the ecosystem and in turn the tourism sectors of many African countries.Kenya has the world’s third largest rhino population — around 600 black and 300 white rhinos.
South Africa is home to more than 20,000 rhinos, or about 90% of all the rhinos in Africa, lost 455 rhinos to poachers eclipsing the 448 killed in 2011.
The street value of rhinoceros horns has soared to about $65,000 a kilogramme , making it more expensive than gold. The horns are worth £60,000 a kilo on the black market.
” So does this give us a right to kill them?”
Disheartening is what this is , senseless,
wreck-less and selfish destruction of nature.
What can I do about this you might wonder?
1) Do not buy jewellery or items made from wildlife parts. Look at it this way, if there is no market for this items then less and less wildlife will be poached.
2) Support initiatives like this and many others that work towards ending wildlife trade. It can be as simple as sharing this post with a friend thus letting more and more people know of this killings.
1.6 million people dying every year from diarrhoeal diseases (including cholera) attributable to lack of access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation and 90% of these are children under 5, mostly in developing countries.
160 million people are infected with schistosomiasis causing tens of thousands of deaths yearly; 500 million people are at risk of trachoma from which 146 million are threatened by blindness and 6 million are visually impaired.
Intestinal helminths (ascariasis, trichuriasis and hookworm infection) are plaguing the developing world due to inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hygiene with 133 million suffering from high intensity intestinal helminths infections; there are around 1.5 million cases of clinical hepatitis A every year.
” These figures are disturbing to say the least and we all need to learn how to use water efficiently and sustainably. A lot of us consider having clean drinking water as a privilege when it is a necessity for human survival.”
Water means so much to a nation as it is the foundation for food and energy security, and for overall long-term social and economic development. Water underpins health, nutrition, equity, gender equality, well-being and economic progress, especially in developing countries. But equitable water supply and quality problems are also threatening the security of some of the most developed countries in the world. In the USA, for example , water availability has already been identified as a national security concern, threatening its ability to meet the country’s water, food and energy needs.
There is hope however and all is not lost, Organizations, governments and people around the world are working together to ease this crisis.
Be part of the solution
Tips on how to save water at home.
1) First and foremost efficient water use is possible
2) Use a water-efficient shower head. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you a lot of water.
5) Report broken pipes, open hydrants and errant sprinklers to the property owner or your water provider.
6) Collect water from your roof to water your garden.
Next time you are pouring yourself a glass of water think about the 1.1 billion without and do something about it, fix a leaking pipe, better yet turn it off if you’re not using it, use water more wisely. It’s the least you can do for the world.
Water indeed is life save it save lives.
The Global Water Crisis:Addressing an Urgent Security Issue Foreword by Gro Harlem Brundtland
I came across an interesting article recently about how arsonists in Tanzania have disrupted the wildebeestmigration and i just could not help but frown at how senseless and unsustainable human activities are threatening the environment. According to scientists and conservationists humans as the number one threat to the environment around them as a result of their activities i.e poaching, land encroachment, infrastructural development mining, farming the list is endless. The Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystem has come under threat lately from such activities lets look at a brief case study of this .
Serengeti Mara Highway
In 2005 the government stated that it would build the highway to help ease traffic and develop the country further despite warnings from conservationists and the tourism industry around the world. After debate and declaration that theUnited Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization would strip Serengeti off the title of World Heritage Site, the government decided to redirect the route to southern side of the park.
The stand-off between the conservationists and the Tanzanian Government on whether or not to build the Serengeti Highway that would cut right across the wildebeest Migration path. It makes me wonder whether Tanzania values the 7th wonder . The government says that during the construction of the highway a gap will not be tarmacked for the wildebeests to pass.
” But that is not the point the animals will die as a result of collisions not mentioning the risk of increased poaching . Isn’t it so obvious?”
Recently, as of January 3rd 2012 China, Tanzanian and Uganda went into an agreement for the construct of the Tanga-Arusha-Musoma-Uganda Railway through the Serengeti and in turn across the Wildebeest Migration path. Later that same month the government decided to redirect the railway to the south after global pressure from conservationists.
The wildebeest migration into Kenya is has since been slowed down by fires in the Serengeti allegedly started by people living in the Serengeti area. The animals have tried crossing twice in vain. Tanzania has declined the allegations that they intentionally started the fires. I do not mean to point a finger but i do not think they are doing enough to protect the migration.
This is just an example of how unsustainable human activities are threatening even the irreplaceable things in life that we need to protect for the generations to come to enjoy. We have the freedom to enjoy this wonder so it is our responsibility to make sure it survives.
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. ”
Whether it is turning off water taps when not in use , switching off the lights, not littering etc responsibility starts with you.
Stand up today and be a hero for the environment.
Taking time off to appreciate the wonders in our everyday environment.