By Anne Robi
Government is collecting views from wildlife stakeholders on the establishment of the Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA).
The Authority to be set up soon will help in controlling poaching and deforestations among other challenges engulfing wildlife conservation in the country.
Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki made the revelation in Dar es Salaam on Friday when opening a meeting aimed at getting views and advice from personnel who served in the Ministry.
"We are expecting to complete the process of collecting views from stakeholders, leaders and the citizens on the plan by November this year," he said adding that the plan will be endorsed by Members of Parliament in the next parliamentary sessions in November.
The Minister said that the establishment of the authority will enable the review of the current wildlife Act that has weaknesses towards better management of the wildlife conservations.
"The review of the Act will enable the Authority take action and penalize those involved in the wildlife poaching accordingly," he said.
He also noted that review of the Act will enable the Authority promote involvement of local communities participations in wildlife conservations. In another development, the Former Chief Secretary Philemon Luhanjo hailed the move saying that the establishment of the authority will enable better management of the wildlife conservation by abstaining from other bureaucracies.
He said the authority will influence positive conservation of wildlife, control poaching and other," he added. The meeting was attended by former ministers, deputy ministers, permanent secretaries and directors who served in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.