Posted on 24 September 2019
Having unique nature-based attractions, beautiful landscapes, and pleasant weather conditions, local communities in Southern Tanzania, is increasingly becoming major tourist attraction with immense touristic and recreational opportunities.
This year WWF has teamed up 5 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) Mbarangandu, Chingoli, Kimbanda, Nalika and Kisungule to exhibit the tourism potential at the Karibu Kusini Tourism Fair held at Kilolo Grounds, Iringa Municipality.
Commenting on WWF’s participation a Community Based Wildlife Management- Lead Richard Katondo said the forum was a great opportunity to promote conservation in Ruvuma Landscape and to market WMA’s Unique Selling Points to a larger audience.
“WWF Tanzania is implementing conservation programmes in the Southern Tanzania part of the landscape, with closer collaboration with Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). The vision is to ensure that the outstanding and globally significant natural wealth and biodiversity are sustained and support local livelihoods and national economic development for present and future generations. Our work with WMA’s enhances the conservation of wildlife and forest resources. At the same time, increase participation of local communities in the management of wildlife and forest resources as well as benefit from them.” he said.
“For the WMAs to remain sustainable we need to profile their tourism potentials in national forums, especially those that give them an opportunity to share top and signature products and promote investment among big markets. We are here to showcase our work with WMAs; its successes as a better approach for conservation to fulfill human and ecological/environmental goals. At the end of the day we hope to attack investors among tourist stakeholder in this WMAs. It’s the only way we can continue to encourage the communities to conserve the WMAs and secure community incentives from conservation by improving livelihood options.’’ he added.
The Karibu Kusini Tourism Fair represents a major networking platform and contracting opportunity, reflecting the ongoing growth in the Southern of Tanzania tourism industry. And, also create opportunities for stakeholder to bring attention to investment opportunities as well issues including those related with conservation.
Running for the third year, 2019 the Fair has attracted more than 200 local and international companies and institutions holding exhibitions to showcase and harness the potential of tourism and conservation. The Fair has generated direct spending in the local economy and brought together key tourism stakeholders through combined efforts to promote regional tourism.