THE WORLD RHINO AND NATIONAL ELEPHANT DAY – WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS TO HUMAN WILDLIFE CONFLICTS?

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The Tunduru District Commissioner, Hon. Julius Mtatiro has officiated the National Elephant and World Rhino Day on 22nd September, 2020 with a theme ‘’Human Elephant Conflicts’’ and ‘’Rhino Species Forever’’ respectively. The event was celebrated in Tunduru District, one of the two district in Ruvuma Land dscape with high Human Wildlife conflicts caused by elephants. Tunduru district lies in land scape with Black Rhino in Africa. Rhinos are such as an impressive symbol of strength, resilience and tenacity that it would be heart-breaking to have those traits disappear.

Prior to the event, Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) teamed up with Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA), World Wide Fund (WWF), Nyerere National Park, and Representative from District Council (Wildlife) and  some of the beneficiaries (community members, leaders) from the Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) like Ikona, Enduimet, Burunge and Serengeti National Park located in the Northern circuit to learn and share experiences on the role of communities in tackling poaching and Illegal wildlife trade in the WMAs under the Southern circuit. The team visited Misyaje, Majimaji and Hulia villages which have higher Human Wildlife conflicts to created awareness and it was observed that communities are really affected since their farms and crops are destructed by the wild animals. From the visit, it was also experienced that there are insufficient tools, weak man power and low understanding of communities on conservation as they don’t see direct benefits out of it due to lack of investors in the landscape compared with the Northern circuits.

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A SUCCESSFUL FORMATION OF WOMEN GROUPS IN SIMANJIRO DISTRICT

Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) through Ardhi Yetu Plus (AYP) Plus facilitated formation of 6 women groups with a total of 104 members in Simanjiro District, whereby majority of the groups’ members were young women aged less than 40 years, composing 73% of all members. Five groups were formed in MsituwaTembo ward and one group in Kitwai ward. The formation of these groups became important as efforts towards increasing women participation in the project activities as the project is gender centered. Also raising women’s voices by enhancing their knowledge on land rights, adaptation to the effects and stresses associated with climate change and weather variability, and social economic activities especially entrepreneurship and marketing skills.

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Tackling Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT), what is a role of communities?

Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) will collaborate with World Wide Fund (WWF) hosting the Elephant and Rhino Day on 22nd September 2020. This activity will comprise a series of events before the celebration day. This activity aims at raising awareness to villages with higher Human Wildlife Conflicts (HWC) in 10 villages in Tunduru District. The visit will also involve Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA) and Tunduru District officials.

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19 September 2020 - 8:00am to 22 September 2020 - 4:30pm
Location: 
Tunduru District Ruvuma
Tanzania
Phone: 0677042948
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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD'S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES - What GSI- ICCAs have achieved in 2020 in Tanzania

The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on 9 August each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world's indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection. Many indigenous peoples continue to be confronted with marginalization, extreme poverty and other human rights violations.

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