Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) has received three brand new vehicles from Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) for improved efficiency in supervising projects geared at addressing social and economic problems facing communities near the Serengeti eco-system.
FZS Regional Coordinator at Africa Office, Mr Gerald Bigurube handed over the vehicles to TANAPA Director of Planning and Development Projects, Dr Ezekiel Dembe on Monday.
Dr Dembe welcomed the assistance provided by the government of Germany, saying that TANAPA will make good use of the vehicles.
The donation further included two modern machines for production of inter-locking bricks that will be used for construction of houses for Serengeti National Park (SENAPA) park rangers. “I thank FZS.
We have been cooperating with them for many years. These are good opportunities that we ought to use well,” Dr Dembe said during the brief handing over ceremony held at Fort Ikoma area in Western Serengeti. “I am also impressed with the technology of the bricksmaking machines.
We need to take good care of the machines,” the official said, pledging continued better cooperation with FZS and other stakeholders in conserving the great Serengeti -ecosystem.
Mr Bigurube described SENAPA as a vital national and global resource, thus sustainable conservation of the park with involvement of local people is of paramount importance.
Apart from helping in supervision of projects designed to improve social services in rural areas of Serengeti and Ngorongoro districts, the vehicles will also help in establishment of land use plans in the villages.
“It is our expectation that the public will benefit and see the importance of conservation,” Mr Bigurube said shortly after handing over the vehicles and the bricks-making machines.
Speaking at the same occasion, Mr Nuhu Daniel, a senior ecologist who represented SENAPA Chief Park Warden, Mr William Mwakilema, said implementation of community development projects will soon kick off in the two districts under an ambitious five year project dubbed Serengeti ecosystem conservation.