To ease research on wildlife, Kenya set to develop online permit

Wildlife research is usually conducted with free-living animals in their natural habitat. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Kenya is in the process of developing online authorization permit to ease research on wildlife, an official said on Tuesday.

Patrick Omondi, acting director of biodiversity research and planning at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), said that the process is being developed in collaboration with National Commission on Science and Technology Innovation and National Environmental Management Authority.

“We want to make it easier for researchers from outside Kenya to access the application forms and be able to undertake their research work in the country within a given period of time,” Omondi said during a scientist conference on carnivore in Nairobi.

Omondi however appealed to them to share their studies after undertaking their final analysis so that KWS could benefit from the study as well.

“We encourage transparent researchers and will do everything possible to help them but they must abide by the law,” he noted.

Omondi cautioned foreign researchers against bringing with them interns and voluntary research assistants since Kenyan law does not allow it.

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