Date Published: 30 Apr, 2015

BEIJING, CHINA: A high-powered delegation led by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director General, Mr William Kiprono, has been in Beijing for the last four days meeting various strategic partners for conservation.

The six-member delegation is visiting China from April 21 to 30 to explore strategic partnerships in biodiversity, tourism, resource mobilisation and national park infrastructure development.

The theme of the visit is wildlife conservation campaign, collaboration and engagement to conserve and protect wildlife.

So far, the delegation has had successful meetings with the Kenyan Embassy in Beijing, various non-governmental organisations (NGOs), a celebrated artist and curator, journalists and the State Forestry Administration (SFA), the agency responsible for wildlife conservation in China.

This week the team will get more busy having scheduled meetings with more NGOs, high-ranking Chinese government officials,, leading Chinese research scientists, University students, journalists and the Chinese CITES management authority, among others. The trip marks a significant milestone in Kenya-China co-operation to boost conservation and tourism efforts as well as implementation of national ivory action plan as required by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).