Salient features of the Tanzania Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Speech
Professor Jumanne Maghembe Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism
- In the financial year 2016/2017, the ministry was continuing with anti-poaching war that also aimed at curbing illegal trade in forest products as part of its implementation of the 2014-2019 programme. In order to combat illegal trade in forest products, the ministry had established a Wildlife and Forest Crime Task Force Team.
- During the year under review, the ministry conducted 349, 102 patrols inside and outside game reserves which led to the arrest of 7, 085 suspects with 129 ivory and 95 ivory pieces, weighing a total of 810.03 kilogrammes. Other booty seized during the patrols included military weapons 48, civilian weapons 150, bullets 1,058, slint guns (magobore) 406, traditional weapons 22, 307, a total of 120,538 roda were seized, 189 motorcyles, 214 bicycles, 20 vehicles, 79,831 cattle and 4,043 kilogrammes of fish.
- During 2016/2017 financial year, the ministry established a special task force which uses modern technology that includes drones and sniffer dogs for combating wildlife crimes.
- During the 2017/2018, the ministry is expected to go through regulations governing government trophies, Block Hunting and implementation of CITES; to validate and collect government trophies from police stations, district councils, national parks, from Ngorongoro Conservation Authority (NCA) and will renovate Ivory Room and install modern security systems.
- The ministry will continue to provide education to the people in Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), provide compensation to those whose families who lost their beloved ones through attacks by wild animals or were injured when they were assisting the special task force when they were dealing with wild animals. The ministry will also be involved in the establishment of new game reserves in Kipindimbi (Nachingwea), Mavuji (Kilwa), Litumbandyosi (Mbinga) and Gezamasoa (Songea).
- Through cooperation with the police, they were able to burst a network involved in collection of skins from pangolin in Morogoro. The poachers were nabbed, ready handed, with 670 pangolin skins valued at 1.4 billion Tanzania shillings. Through the assistance of Interpol and “Lusaka Agreement Task Force,” the ministry was able to get ring leaders of the network involved in illegal trae of live animals who were located in Uganda, China and Austria. During the operation against the
ring leaders, live animals including tortoise 342 were seized.
- A total of 935 patrols were conducted during which 31 wild animals were killed without which people could have been harmed and their farms destroyed. The authority was also able to install 3,493 beacons in all borders around game reserve. The installed beacons represented 33 percent of 10,710 planned beacons.