Kenyan & Austrian leaders discuss mutual interests including wildlife conservation

Wildlife conservation, renewable energy development and curriculum reforms were top of the agenda when President Uhuru Kenyatta held talks today with his host, Alexander van Bellen, the President of Austria, on the sidelines of the ongoing Africa-EU high level forum in Vienna.

During the talks at the Hofburg Presidential Palace, the two Heads of State discussed a wide range of areas of mutual interest to the two countries among them wildlife conservation, Kenya's exploits in the development of geothermal energy and the ongoing reforms of the education curriculum.

At the meeting, President Kenyatta received a geospatial map of Kenya's wildlife resources from his Austrian counterpart. The topographical map was jointly developed by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the University of Innsbruck.

President Kenyatta thanked President Bellen, the Government of Austria and the University for the support in developing the map which he said will enhance Kenya's wildlife surveillance and conservation efforts.

While underscoring the need to conserve wildlife resources for the prosperity of current and future generations, President Kenyatta called on the Austrian government to back Kenya's push for the total abolishment of trophy markets which he said fuels the rampant destruction of precious wildlife species especially on the African continent.

"We are grateful for the support given to the Kenya Wildlife Service by the University of Innsbruck in the development of this important topographical map of our wildlife resources. This tool will go along way in boosting our conservation efforts," President Kenyatta said.

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