As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 Pandemic, its effects are far-reaching with direct impacts on health and associated economic, social, and environmental impacts. While reported cases of COVID-19 in the key ecosystems where KWT operates are low, its economic and social impacts continue to rise. Communities living in these wildlife areas are grappling loss of household income both from direct tourism job losses and the enterprises that form part of the tourism value chain.
Livestock markets have been closed, preventing pastoralists from trading their livestock and getting much-needed cash to buy essential household food and supplies, all against rising living costs. School closures mean that children are missing out on important learning time as most households in these communities do not have the resources and capacity for online learning. With limited healthcare services, focus in these areas is primarily on preventative measures including social distancing and hygiene.