Germany’s activities in biodiversity are in pursuance of its responsibility for global public goods and in response to the explicit request of the Tanzanian partners for Development Cooperation (DC) support in this sector. With its commitments, which are contingent on the Tanzanian Government’s moratorium for the extension of an asphalt road through Serengeti and the guaranteed retention of UNESCO world heritage status for Selous Game Reserve, Germany has advanced to become one of the country’s main donor.
The result is the program “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity”, which is implemented through GIZ (Technical Cooperation) and KfW (Financial Cooperation). The program contributes to stabilizing globally significant natural and semi-natural ecosystems – while simultaneously improving the livelihoods of the local population. It will also contribute to the developmental goals of Tanzania under the SDGs, above all in ‘No Poverty’ (SDG 1), ‘Climate Action’ (SDG 13) and ’Life on Land’ (SDG 15).
The objective of the German DC program is that effective conservation and sustainable use of natural resources contribute towards rural development in selected districts and towards safeguarding the integrity of globally important ecosystems. The target group of the DC program is the predominantly poor rural population living adjacent to protected areas.