By Charles Ngereza
The government is urged to ensure that communities around wildlife-protected areas benefit from the resources if they are to help in the ongoing fight against poaching and destruction wildlife in general.
Addressing hundreds of people who took part in the annual march for elephants and rhinos event in Arusha over the weekend, Chairman of Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) Willy Chambullo Chambullo made a passionate call to the government to review its policy to enable residents around the national parks to benefit more.
“The communities in and around the wildlife protected areas feel that the animals and other flora and fauna are government properties and that they have nothing to do with their lives,” Chambullo cautioned.
He said this perceived notion must be corrected by availing more opportunities to the communities in and around national parks to make them gain a sense of ownership of the wildlife resources.
“We need our government to put pressure on CITES and the United Nations to impose a total international ban on all ivory and rhino products trade,” Chambullo said urging for more support from the international community to help fund anti-poaching initiatives and to conduct regular wildlife census.
“We are of the view that the government needs support from development partners, for more inclusive approach to improve development in areas outside national parks serving as migratory corridors and wildlife dispersal zones,” he stressed.