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Conservation : 10 year plan announced

Tanzania aims to generate about US$6 billion by attracting five million tourists to the country by 2025 through the introduction of a ten-year plan to combat poaching.

The National Anti-Poaching Strategy focuses on bolstering enforcement, increasing international collaboration, and addressing consumer demand for poached items.

“We want tourism that respects conservation, we want tourism that ensures that we have our wildlife conserved for today’s and tomorrow’s generations,” Tourism Minister Mohamed Mchengerwa said.

Government figures indicate that the elephant population in the East African country rose from 43,000 to about 60,000, and the rhino population increased to 200 from a mere 15. The anti-poaching strategy is expected to further boost these numbers.

The government also set out to address human–wildlife conflicts near game reserves through awareness.

“Conservation officers should improve relations with residents bordering game reserves and provide them with education on the benefits of sustainable. Officers should take part in social activities and the development of adjacent villages to strengthen the protection of conservation areas,” Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said.


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