The government has called on wildlife researchers to diversify research areas and priorities in order to take on board poaching and climate change issues in their day-to-day activities.
Speaking in Arusha, at the 9th Biennial Scientific Conference Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki suggested the need for researchers to gather collect data and use the findings to advice governments on better ways of conserving wild animals.
The conferen.ce which was organized by the Arusha-based Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), was attended by wildlife researchers from different countries in Africa and the world at large.
“There is a need for coming up with alternative ways that will help in addressing increasing number of human settlements close to conserved areas.
“This is an area that needs to be worked on as if this trend if left unattended to, there are dangers of wildlife disappearing,” Ambassador Kagasheki.
He called on researchers to ensure that their research findings reach out to decision-making bodies and people at large.
“It is time for wildlife researchers to diversify your researches rather than relying on traditional research areas and priorities,” he said, adding: “I understand that most long-term research works have concentrated on selected protected areas in the country, northern Tanzania in particular. And these studies have been mainly on some groups of animals or subjects.”
Director General of the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Allan Kijazi, said the conference has come at the time when the wildlife sector is under serious threat.
“Poaching and climate change are becoming serious enemies of this important sub-sector,” Kijazi said, adding that the country’s wildlife watchdog is closely working with scientists on the best ways that would help to address poaching. More....