Tanzania (Xinhua) -- African
wildlife researchers are urged to diversify research areas to
include new challenges of poaching and climate change.
Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Khamis Kagasheki on
Saturday stressed the need for researchers to gather collect
right information and advice governments on better ways of
conserving wild animals like jumbos and rhinos, which are the
target for poachers.
was speaking at the 9th Biennial Scientific Conference held in
Arusha, northern part of Tanzania, which was organized by the
Arusha-based Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) and
was attended by wildlife researchers from different countries in
Africa and the world at large.
is a need for coming up with alternative ways that will help
addressing increasing number of human settlements close to
conserved areas,” Kagasheki said, adding that this is an
area that needs to be worked on as if this trend left
unattended there are dangers wildlife to disappear.
called on researchers to ensure that their research findings
reach out decision making bodies and people at large.
is time for wildlife researchers to diversify your researchers
rather than relying on traditional research areas and
priorities,” he said, “I understand that most long-term
research works have concentrated on selected protected areas
in the country, northern Tanzania in particular. And these
studies have been mainly on some groups of animals or
Kijazi, Director General of the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA),
said the conference has come at the time when the wildlife
sector is under serious threat.
and climate change are becoming serious enemies of this
important sub-sector,” Kijazi said, adding that the
country’s wildlife watchdog is closely working with
scientists on the best ways that would help to address
director general Simioni Mduma said the biennial Scientific
Conferences on wildlife science, management, and related
disciplines with the aim of improving wildlife management in
Tanzania and Africa in general.
said the theme of this years’ conference is “Sustaining
Wildlife Conservation in Growing Socio-economic Demands”. And
its sub-themes include Human-wildlife interaction, Ecosystem
health (disease ecology, zoonoses, one health and eco-health),
ethno- botany and vegetation ecology, wildlife ecology and
sub-themes are wetlands and water resources conservation,
climate Change (Impacts, Mitigation and adaptations) and
beekeeping research and development, he said.