In response to the fires in Mount Kenya National Park in early March, the Kenyan authorities – Mount Kenya Trust – submitted a grant application to the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) and obtained the maximum amount of US$30,000. This support will make it possible to finance hours of helicopter flights to monitor the Park’s risk areas and intervene with water bombers in the event of new fire outbreaks.
“The protection of our World Heritage sites is not limited to the day-to-day conservation work. It is also essential to be able to act quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency. I welcome the favourable response of the RRF to Kenya’s request for funding to overcome this catastrophic fire which, I hope, will not have irreversible consequences on this World Heritage site,” said Mechtild Rössler, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Launched in 2006, the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) is a partnership between the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Fondation Franz Weber, established to provide emergency funding to natural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List or to sites of high conservation value.