ARUSHA (Xinhua) -- Thousands of villagers in northern Tanzania have joined forces in conserving the endangered wildlife species particularly those located in Lake Natron ecosystem.
Lake Natron is spectacularly rich in biodiversity, natural beauty and environmental value, but in recent years, it has become the target for poachers who look for rhinos, elephants and other mammals including giraffe.
"We have seen the increasing poaching incidences in this area and the only way is to join our conservation efforts and the only way to boost it is turning the entire ecosystem into a Wildlife Management Area (WMA)," Lekson Lengoi Kirushwa, one of village leaders has said.
He said nearly 200,000 people in 32 villages have agreed to transform the area into WMA, adding that:"We have reached a very advanced stage in making this a reality ... very soon our organization will be operational."
Kirushwa noted that the initiative would make people living in the Lake Natron ecosystem benefit from wildlife and environmental conservation.
"We believe that among other benefits include availability of employment opportunities as well as beefing up villages’ incomes compared to the past.
"From what I know, once our WMA becomes operational, every village will be assured of getting nearly 3,000 U.S. dollars per year from the total amount paid by investor as revenue and other revenue sources," he said.