Environment

Naturekit takes wildlife laws to communities in Kasungu

Naturekit, a Kasungu based Non-governmental youth environmental organization has bemoaned the unavailability of wildlife laws to communities saying it is fuelling poaching of endangered species in the country.  

Naturekit leader Steven Makumba made the remarks on Wednesday at Kanyengerera LEA School in the area of Traditional Authority Chisinga in Kasungu district during an awareness campaign that the environmental youth organization held.

The awareness campaign targeted community members around Kanyengerere school in the district.

According to Makumba, the awareness campaign aims to provide to the communities information about wildlife laws which have changed to drive away misconceptions.

“We understand that there a lot of laws related to wildlife are changing in the country. But it takes time for the changed laws to reach the rural communities, and some of the community members do not understand what the laws say until they find themselves on the wrong side of the law,” said Makumba.

Makumba further said making community members aware of the laws which have changed, and other wildlife-related information can help to curb rising cases of poaching in the country.

“We believe that we need to provide enough education, and we should make the communities aware and they should know about different that is happening in the country in terms of conservation and laws. If we can use education as a tool, probably we can change a lot of people,” explained Makumba.  

Participants of the awareness campaign gaze at a picture showing endangered species

Speaking after the awareness campaign, Kanyengerera school Wildlife Club Patron Joseph Phiri welcomed the campaign saying it will help save endangered species.

“There are some species which endangered like Elephants, Lions, and Pangolins. With this campaign, communities will now be able to save these species and other species in the way that they will not be involved in any poaching activity,” said Phiri.

Phiri further said he will continue having lessons with the students, and will also engage traditional leaders on the need to conserve wildlife.

During the awareness campaign which was spiced up by poems, traditional dances, drama, and comedy, Naturekit shared information on a need to conserve endangered species such as Pangolin and available wildlife laws.  

The awareness campaign was funded by Danforth Conservation Biology Fund.

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