The GIZ Project named “Sustainable Use and Conservation of Natural Resources in Tanzania” is part of the above mentioned program of Germany’s agreement on Development Cooperation.
The project was commissioned in 2014 and will end in 2019.
Tanzania is world-famous for its unique biodiversity and globally significant ecosystems. Protected areas, such as the Serengeti National Park and the Selous Game Reserve, have been designated as UNESCO world natural heritage sites. Tourism has grown to be an indispensable foreign exchange earner for the country.
Although the protected areas and wildlife populations provide a major basis for Tanzania's economic development, they are coming under increasing pressure from population growth, conflicts among different forms of land use, planned large-scale infrastructure development projects and increased poaching. Even globally significant protected areas, such as the Serengeti National Park and Selous Game Reserve, still contribute very little to economic development in bordering districts and municipalities.
Our project team is committed to support Tanzanian efforts to improve the management of the country's natural wildlife resources. In this way the project team works on three levels partnering with different institutions:
- on Ministerial Level, partnering with the Wildlife Division (WD) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT), supporting it to effectivley perform its roles and responsibilities in sector coordination and political steering.
- on Organizational Level with the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA), a semiautonomous organization whose mandate is to manage wildlife resources outside National Parks and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
- on District level with the local government administrations of Serengeti and Ngorongoro districts – in their effort to improve sustainable resource management and benefit-sharing.
- any other national and international actor (organisation) with an interest in the conservation of natural resources in Tanzania as to harmonize activities and synergies in conservation.