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Natural Security examines how people in Kenya benefit from conserving biodiversity. We see the financial and many other benefits gained from a healthy environment: the supply of water from natural springs, the regulation of the climate, the regeneration of the soil and the vitally important pollination role of insects, particularly with regard to food crops.
Beautiful cinematography and personal stories from diverse communities and habitats take the viewer on a journey across Kenya. We learn how natural resources are the very foundation of life, but their use has to be balanced against population numbers.
The film illustrates the need for biodiversity (including insects, birds and animals) to be protected for everyone's sake. It shows the devastation of the natural environment outside protected areas in Kenya, from the coast to the high mountains, by examining the results of over-fishing and trawling, inefficient methods of agriculture and over-grazing by cattle.
We learn that there is a way forward, which will allow people to attain a better standard of living, without damaging the environment. In some areas, rural communities are benefiting from photographic tourism ventures based on wildlife.
Overshadowing all efforts at wildlife conservation is the illegal bushmeat trade. Thousands of animals die annually because of this demand for meat, but it is not only for local people. Much of this disease-prone meat is exported illegally to Europe and the United States.
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