The Times of Tanzania
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Germany moves to help addressing Human-Wildlife Conflicts in Southern Tanzania Regions

The German Agency for International Cooperation will now be working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in the newly hatched strategy to avert Human-Wildlife Conflict cases in Southern Tanzania.

That came to light during the inaugural session of the inception workshop which took place in Ruvuma Region.

Apparently the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) will be assisting Tanzania to address Human Wildlife Conflicts in the two regions of Lindi and Ruvuma.

The two Southern Tanzania Regions are the latest precincts where wildlife species are being pitted against people in their respective scramble for spaces to feed, graze, farm and establish settlements.

The Ruvuma Regional Commissioner Cornel Laban Thomas stated during the opening session that cases of Human-Wildlife are now rampant in Namtumbo and Tunduru, areas of Ruvuma as well as in Liwale district of Lindi.

“At least 1, 0724 acres of ripe crops were destroyed within a single year when wild animals invaded farms in the districts,” said RC Thomas.

But while the project aims at preventing wild animals from entering human settlements and farms, it also aims to avert people from encroaching reserves and other protected areas.

An official from the Department of Wildlife, Antonia Raphael said it was high time such projects came up to address the long existing problems of humans being pitted against wild animals with lethal consequences.

The Director of Programs from the German Agency for International Cooperation Jens Bruggemann said GIZ will continue to cooperate with the people and government of Tanzania in protecting natural resources as well as averting clashes between people and animals.

Efforts will include the restoration of previously neglected or invaded wildlife corridors.

Through the initiative, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism will work together with GIZ as well as other partners, including the Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA), the Tanzania Forestry Services (TFS ), the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) and the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI).

A recent survey revealed that Tanzania still has a total of 61 wildlife corridors, though at least 20 of them are in dire need of restoration and upgrading.

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