Panel Discussion on Policy Gaps and Synergies in the Management of Wildlife and Forest Protected Areas

CISONECC with financial support from European Commission through Trōcaire held a panel discussion on Policy Gaps and Synergies in the Management of Wildlife and Forest Protected Areas under the Building Climate Resilient Communities Around Wildlife Protected Areas project. The panel discussion which was held on 28th January, 2021 aimed to discuss and identify policy gaps that present environment and natural resources conservation and management challenges especially in forest and wildlife protected areas.

The panel discussion was aired live on MBC Radio 1. Panelists included representatives from Department of Forestry (DoF), Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), Department of Lands (DoL), Department of Energy (DoE) and representatives from CISONECC. There was also audience engagement through SMS and WhatsApp messages which were shared with the panelists.

Specifically, the Panel Discussion aimed to understand the policy linkages and sectoral mandates in environment and natural resource management, identifying policy gaps within the same. The panel discussion also aimed to assess level of coordination among the forestry, wildlife, lands and energy sectors, and understand the role of CSOs and Private sector in environmental and natural resource management. 

The Panel Discussion identified two policy gaps namely low coordination at ground level between forest and wildlife departments and Old Gazetted Boundaries for Wildlife and Forests Protected Areas which presents a challenge in the management of forest and wildlife protected areas.

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