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  • Tanzania: 128 poachers arrested in one year

    TANZANIA, 2017/10/15 Tanzanian anti-poaching unit has arrested 128 poachers in central parts of the east African country for the completed one year, an official said on Saturday. Keneth Sanga, chief of central Tanzania’s anti-poaching unit, said that the suspected poachers were arrested in different parts of central Tanzania’s regions of Singida and Dodoma between 2016 and this year, according to Xinhua News agency.
  • Farmers pushed off their land to save Tanzania's Great Ruaha River

    TANZANIA, 2017/07/18 Gazing at the exposed, rocky bottom of the Great Ruaha River, known as the jewel of Tanzania, Rosemary Kasenza ponders what the next holds for her family presently that there is no longer enough water for her crops. "I am worried because it's the dry season and I don't have enough food to feed my children," she said. Kasenza grows potatoes, maize, onions and bananas on 3 hectares (7 acres) of land in the fertile Ruaha basin in southern Tanzania. She says she used to have no problem irrigating her crops but presently the river flow slows to a trickle in the dry season.
  • Elephant poaching costs African economies $25 million per year in lost tourism revenue

    TANZANIA, 2016/11/03 The current elephant poaching crisis costs African nations around USD $25 million annually in lost tourism revenue, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications. Comparing this lost revenue with the cost of halting declines in elephant populations due to poaching, the study determines that investment in elephant conservation is economically favorable across the majority of African elephants' range.
  • Tanzania has been protesting the torching of the jumbos ivory

    MALAWI, 2016/03/16 Malawi government officials in the northern city of Mzuzu yesterday went ahead to burn 781 pieces of elephants ivory believed to have been smuggled from Tanzania following a court order granting the permission to burn the trophy. Tanzania has been protesting the torching of the jumbos ivory arguing that most of it was poached in the country and that it was part of evidence to be tendered in court against poachers. Malawi, through the country's tax agency, the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), last year impounded the 781 pieces at the Songwe Border Post from alleged smugglers travelling from Dar es Salaam to the country.
  • A herd of elephants run from bee sounds in Samburu national park in Kenya

    BOTSWANA, 2016/01/05 A community near the famed Serengeti national park in Tanzania is enlisting the help of bees to reduce escalating tensions with elephants that enrage locals by trampling upon their crops. A fence made of beehives is being constructed around a one-acre farm close to the Ngorongoro conservation area as part of the pilot project to see if the buzzing bees will deter elephants that stroll on to cropland. It’s hoped that the “bee fence” concept, which has by presently been deployed in Kenya and Botswana, will help reduce conflict in northern Tanzania, which has become a hotspot for clashes between humans and elephants.
  • Working Together For Migratory Birds And People Across Africa And Eurasia

    BOTSWANA, 2015/11/17 One lesson that has been well and truly learned in nature conservation is that for policies to be really effective nations have to collaborate to address common problems. Within the UN system it is as well recognized that this applies to the different Programmes, Conventions and Agreements set up over the years. That each of these bodies has a distinct niche and a clear role does not justify a bunker mentality. By synergizing, cooperating and collaborating they can find common cause with natural allies and seek compromises with those whose agendas do not necessarily match their own. AEWA, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds, is a prime example of an organization that embodies this approach.
  • Hunting in Africa - to Ban or Not to Ban Is the Question

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/21 Hunting has long been a highly controversial activity, whether as a sport (leisure or recreational), for commercial purposes or if done for cultural reasons. African nations that legalise hunting activities experience scrutiny around their conservation efforts, and how much money they make from it. Trophy hunting, which is offered in 23 sub-Saharan African nations, generates an estimated US$201 million per year. Out of the 23 nations taking part in legal hunting activities, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa have the majority effective controls and the highest levels of transparency.
  • Tanzania: Worry As Drought Persists in Kagera Region

    TANZANIA, 2015/07/18 Residents in Kagera Region should take precautions as a hedge against unpredictable rainfall trends which appear to indicate that droughts are additional prevalent, the Kagera Manager of the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), Mr Silas Msoma, has disclosed. Mr Msoma told the "Daily News" in an interview that rainfall trend has been declining over the last year period, appealing to residents in Kagera Region to take precautions as a hedge against unpredictable rainfall trends which appear to indicate that droughts are additional prevalent. Data indicate that while 90.0 mm were recorded during month of January in 2013, the figure dropped to 72.5mm last year. The situation worsened in June where 90.0mm were recorded during 2013 compared to 28.9mm recorded last year. During month of July, 2013 a total of 107.3mm were recorded compared to 71.3mm recorded last year.
  • Investing in Forestry Sector Alleviate Poverty in Tanzania

    TANZANIA, 2015/07/11 Loss of forest ecosystem services such as water regulation can have adverse impacts on the price added of other sectors such as agriculture, tourism and energy. Deforestation in Tanzania could cost the national economy 5,588 billion Tanzanian Shillings (US$3.5 billion, based on 2013 exchange rates) between 2013 and 2033 on current trends, highlighting the importance of investing in the forestry sector to alleviate poverty and boost increase, according to a new statement released today.
  • Tanzania floods sweep Shinyanga 'killing 38 people'

    TANZANIA, 2015/03/05 Flooding in north-western Tanzania has killed at least 38 people and left hundreds of others homeless, police in the Shinyanga region . The downpours were accompanied by hail and strong winds meaning many people had no chance of escaping, senior police officer Justus Kamugisha said. The rains have severely damaged mud houses and blocked roads, making rescue operations difficult, he added. More than 60 rescued people are being treated for their injuries in hospital.