WWF-Tanzania has partnered with local non-governmental organisations in a campaign against illegal wildlife trade.
The campaign dubbed “illegal wildlife trade campaign” is expected to involve local communities to fight against barbaric killings of innocent wild animals, which is at an alarming rate.
WWF Tanzania’s conservation manager, Gerald Kamwenda said here yesterday that the fight against poaching needs collective efforts among stakeholders. “NGOs are among of them and we believe they will play a big role in this fight because they work with communities at the grassroots levels,” he said, adding that more than 60 grassroots NGOs are to take part in the war.
Commenting on why poaching is still high in Tanzania despite several interventions, which are in place, WWF official said: “That is why we came up with this new approach of involving NGOs, which are operating at the grassroots levels, where people live. It is our hope that a number of issues will come out through this campaign as there are more issues, which are not yet known.”
During this year’s Bangkok summit of the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Tanzania and Kenya were named as among the top eight nations, which are at the heart of an unprecedented surge in African elephant killing must be hit with heavy trade sanctions.
“We have changed the approach. In this new campaign we want to engage more local people especially those who are close to game reserves and national parks,” said Zuberi Mwachula, the national chairman of Mazingira Network Tanzania(MANET)—an umbrella organization for environmental NGOs. More....