Tanzania (Xinhua) -- World
Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), an international wildlife watchdog,
has partnered with Tanzania’s local non-governmental
organizations in a campaign against illegal wildlife trade, a
WWF official said on Tuesday.
campaign dubbed “illegal wildlife trade campaign” is
expected to involve local communities to fight against
barbaric killings of innocent wild animals, which is at an
Tanzania’s conservation manager Gerald Kamwenda said in Arusha
that the fight against poaching needs collective efforts amongst
are among of them and we believe they will play a big role in
this fight because they work with communities at the
grassroots levels,” he said, adding that more than 60
grassroots NGOs are to take part in the war.
is why we came up with this new approach of involving NGOs,
which are operating at the grassroots levels, where people
live. It is our hope that a number of issues will come out
through this campaign as there are more issues, which are not
yet known,” the WWF official said when commenting on why
poaching is still rampant in Tanzania despite several
this year’s Bangkok summit of the Convention on Trade in
Endangered Species (CITES), Tanzania and Kenya were named as
among the top eight nations which are at the heart of an
unprecedented surge in African elephant killing.
have changed the approach. In this new campaign we want to
engage more local people especially those who are close to
game reserves and national parks,” said Zuberi Mwachula, the
national chairman of Mazingira Network Tanzania (MANET), an
umbrella organization for environmental NGOs.
to Mwachula, a countrywide campaign is to involve nearly 70
grassroot NGOs and intends to empower local communities with
skills and knowledge on the importance of wildlife and how they
can take part in the fight against poaching.
explained that before getting into the serious campaign, NGOs
will also be trained on how they can take part in the campaign.
far, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
has dished-out 1.2 billion Tanzanian shillings (750,000 U.S.
dollars), which is to be channeled to NGOs for lobby and
stakeholders, we’re shocked with what we hear that in a day
three elephants are killed in our game reserves and parks. We
can fight until the last minute,” Josiah Severre, an
environmental activist said.
has a very negative impact to the country’s tourism industry
as tourists do visit Tanzania because of wildlife, he said,
“If this trend left unchecked it will increase poverty in the
country, taking into account that the tourism sector employs
executive secretary Frank Luvanda said the campaign will involve
a number of people including those from the government.
some areas, we’ll also work with government officials who
are commissioned to take care of wildlife, by giving them some
of working facilities so that they perform their duties,” he
campaign takes new twist
(Xinhua) -- The
fight against senseless killing of Tanzania’s wildlife has
moved a notch higher, after hundreds of people from within and
outside Arusha participate in the anti-poaching walking campaign
from the northern safari capital to Dar es Salaam.
campaigners are expected to cover over 800 km and they are to
spend 23 days to reach Tanzania’s commercial city of Dar es
of the important event Pratik Patel, who is the executive
director of African Wildlife Trust, said while on the way,
campaigners will be creating awareness on the dangers posed by
poachers to the public.
said they are expected to reach Dar es Salaam on Sept. 15 and
will be received by the Natural Resources and Tourism, Minister,
Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki.
be walking 35 km every day, until they reach their final
destination,” Patel said.
started his campaign by sensitizing people through Facebook,
whereby many people responded positively to the campaign and
pledged to take part.
them include one American from California, Maraya Cornel who
joined the team on Saturday. Acting head of the Northern
Zone’s Anti-Poaching Unit, Michael Melakiti, said between July
2012 and 2013, his unit managed to arrest 64 suspects of
wildlife poaching, whereby 51 were fined of about 7,500 U.S.
elephant poaching, Melakiti said about 29 jumbos killed in
Loliondo, Rombo, Monduli, Longido and Simanjiro districts.
“We are still investigating the matter,” Patel said.
Officer of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA),
Stephen Lelo, said the campaign will intensify the fight against
poaching which is on the rise.
is another important tool towards scaling down poaching as it
gives opportunity for ordinary people to take part in the
fight,” he said, adding “we need to step up and protect
our elephants; wildlife is tourism, if we don’t protect
them, tourism sector is likely to die.”
zone official, from the ministry of Natural Resources and
Tourism, Doroth Masawe, said tourism contributes 17 percent of
the country’s economy and employs large number of people,
hence the need to protect the wildlife sector.
is economy, and if we completely kill all animals there will
be no tourism. It is high time for the public to take part in
the walk, Arusha Regional Commissioner, Magesa Mulongo, called
upon Tanzanians to join hands with those who are campaigning
against illegal poaching to save the country’s remaining
used the platform to warn officials who are colluding with
poachers, saying their days are numbered.