The Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority called for each and every stakeholder’s active engagement in wildlife heritage conservation.
The Authority Public Relations Head Getnet Nigussie told that currently, Ethiopia is losing its diverse wild animal resources after the uncontrollable human interventions in national parks and wild animal habitats.
There are 27 wildlife conservation parks in the nation. Out of these, some 17 are national and 14 are state-administered. A deficiency of workable land-use management poses a challenge on the national park conservation process, he added.
Presently, Rhino has disappeared from Ethiopia. The number of leopards, cheetahs, and lions are as well dwindling now and again. Besides, various bird species, giraffe as well as other wild animals are migrating into neighboring countries like Kenya because of the environmental instability here due to human-made problems, Getnet said.
According to him, building the institutional capacity of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority is fundamental to maintain the security of each and every wild animal. Upgrading its structure is necessary to safeguard and conserve wild animals properly through improving its performance.
The authority has more than 1,300 employees however the not enough salary hinders the authority from enhancing its performance. “Wide awareness creation and public mobilization is essential to mitigate the existing problems of national parks. The community is doing its level best to safeguard the national parks across the country,” he stressed.
There are more than 540 tour operators and 1,000 hotels and loges operating across the country but contributing less towards the safety of national parks and wildlife, he said.
“Everyone should be responsible to take part in the conservation of the wildlife from possible hazard.”
Not too long ago, a lot of Elephants were killed in Mago National Park by illegal traffickers.
Covid-19 pandemic is also posing a danger to wildlife conservation in the nation.
Illegal grazing, farming, resettlement, as well as deforestation activities are expanding in the national parks after the occurrence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2019, a lot of the Ethiopian National Parks hit by an enormous wildfire.
The Semien Mountain National Park home to the Ethiopian endemic Walia Ibex and Red Fox is amongst the largely fired a year ago also it requires concerted rehabilitation efforts of the government together with community.
Accordingly, the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority is undertaking different measures to rehabilitate the nation’s wildlife resource in coordination with pertinent stakeholders.