The war against wildlife poaching has gained new momentum after the US-based Garmin Sub-Saharan Africa appointed Car and General as an East African distributor for its GPS-enabled devices in the region.
The gadget can be effectively used to wildlife conservation, taking into account that the region is susceptible to poaching, which indeed threatens the sustainability of tourism industry.
Commenting on the new initiative, official of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) Sirili Akko, said it has come at the right time when potential stakeholders teamed up to fight against poaching.
He said the rate of poaching in the region and particularly in Tanzania is alarming.
Citing recent surveys, Akko said one elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its tusks. “At this rate wild African elephants will be extinct in 12 years.” He commended Garmin for the move calling other partners to chip-in and together address illegal poaching in the region and Africa at large.
Apart from being used in wildlife conservation, the GPS products for East Africa include outdoor handheld devices that offer the features and functionalities required in farming, mining, surveying, and sustainable fishing. Garmin also offers automotive GPS devices for safe, reliable navigation for on the road.
The nuvi device has a built-in GPS receiver, preloaded with up-to-date maps with over 204,000 kilometers of road coverage in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
According to a statement released here on Thursday, Garmin Ltd said that Car & General has a long standing presence in the East African region, and has good connections within 11 East African countries—Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Seychelles, Somalia and South Sudan. More....