By Jennifer Winter
The temperature was hot and the streets were crowded with evening commuters - two conditions that would give anyone pause to stay out after a long day in the office.
Fortunately, for Tanzania's wildlife and ecosystems, that didn't keep an intimate group of friends and partners of the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) from gathering for an evening of cocktails and collaboration, at Akemi Restaurant in Dar es Salaam recently ( October 24). Key planners, policymakers, donors and conservationists came together to reinforce their shared belief that Tanzania's biodiversity can be protected - and strengthened - through cooperation across private, non-profit and government sectors.
Attendees were honoured to have among them the Director of Wildlife in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism , Prof Alexander Songorwa. Prof Songorwa indicated his optimism for the work the conservation community was doing in Tanzania, including FZS's continued support on the country's conservation sector. "I would like to applaud FZS for their efforts in conservation.
When they hear a cry, they do not ask who is crying or why, they rush to help," Prof Songorwa said. Poaching remains one of the top priorities for conservationists worldwide, necessitating collaboration from organisations and governments across the globe.
One such partner for Tanzania and FZS, is the German Embassy. Lena Thiede, Counsellor for the Germany Embassy, emphasised the history and importance of partnerships between governments and organisations.
"Germany has provided support to Tanzania for the protection and sustainable management of the unique ecosystems of Serengeti and Selous for many decades," Thiede said. "FZS has always been an excellent partner in this effort.
Given the massive increase in poaching in East Africa the German Government has recently stepped up its collaboration with FZS in the fight against poaching in Tanzania," Thiede added. More....