Multilateral Environmental Agreements

The Kenya Wildlife Service, on behalf of the Government of Kenya is the focal point and implementing agency for a number of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). These include the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) (1973), Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (1971) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS)  (1979) and its family agreements and MoUs related to specific migratory species. 

The Kenya Wildlife Service also participates in the implementation of other MEAs such as the World Heritage Convention (1972) and specifically on matters of World Heritage Sites. Other environmental conventions that KWS is a major stakeholder but not the focal point include the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)  and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNFCCD).KWS is also a major stakeholder in the Nagoya Protocol.