Stakeholders Workshop on Wildlife Conservation Regulations

Sep 4th, 2017

A stakeholder’s workshop was organized on 22nd August 2017 in Arusha in order to provide and accumulate inputs from different stakeholders to the drafted Regulations for wildlife corridors, dispersal areas, migratory routes and buffer zones in Tanzania before it is gazetted. GIZ Tanzania participated on this important workshop it being a key stakeholder of biodiversity conservation in Tanzania through its Natural Resource Management (NRM) project.

Summary map of wildlife corridors in Mainland Tanzania (each number symbolized a corridor)

The current Tanzania’s Wildlife Conservation Act was passed by the Parliament in 2009 and came into operation from 1st July, 2010. For effective implementation and operationalization of this Act, Regulations have to be in place. These Regulations are developed by experts who provide finer details of legislations as Parliamentarians may not be conversant with specific aspects of a Bill presented to the Parliament. It is for this reason that wildlife corridor regulations are developed in order to manage wildlife both within and outside protected areas. Wildlife corridors form important part in wildlife conservation as they have major ecological values in and around protected areas including: prevention of local extinctions; connecting habitats to other suitable wildlife areas/habitats; space and a chance for enhancing genetic variation of species, among others.

The workshop brought together wildlife conservation stakeholders from different sectors/organizations including local and international NGOs, International Donor Agencies (USAID, GIZ), Ministerial departments (Ministry of Lands, Ministry of Livestock, NEMC, MNRT – TANAPA, NCAA, and TAWA), Members of Parliaments (Monduli, Simanjiro, Babati Rural, and Kilombero), Local Governments, WMAs, and Academic Institutions (UDSM, SUA, Mweka Wildlife College). It was jointly organized by the Wildlife Division and PROTECT-USAID project (funders). The drafted Regulations were discussed in paired groups (a similar section was reviewed by two independent groups of experts) and thereafter comments were presented to the workshop participants for further discussion and harmonization. The outcome of the meeting were the inputs put forward for correction, additional information, redundancies, and restructuring of some components as agreed by participants for improving the proposed Regulations.