25 April 2013
TANAPA CHATS WITH STAKEHOLDERS ON CONSERVATION ISSUES
Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) has successful conducted its meeting with conservation stakeholders to chat out the best ways to yield positive results in the conservation efforts.
“The aim of these meetings is to assess the relationship between TANAPA and people living around and also find solutions to the challenges facing conservation activities in the national parks.” Said Mr. Allan Kijazi, Director General – TANAPA.
He described various challenges in conservation activities as poaching, encroachment, land conflicts, destruction of animal corridors as well as poor involvement of local people in investment opportunities available in tourism industry.
The meetings were held in three zones; Kilimanjaro, Mwanza and Morogoro wherby Regional Commissioners, District Commissioners, Executive Directors and members of parliament from all areas that border national parks participated.
The Mwanza Regional Commissioner, Evarist Ndakilo urged the members to make sure they come up with correct and workable solutions to challenges raised and that their political will is highly needed in curbing conservation challenges.
Member of Parliament for Busega, Hon. Dr. Titus Kamani advised TANAPA to run hotel businesses or acquire shares in companies conducting the hospitality business in the park in order to have other sources of income as it needs money to manage its national parks.