Arusha Manifesto In Action
ANAPA park warden Neema Mollel said that the initiative to involve local people who are living around the park was introduced a few years ago and has now started bearing fruit. She said that the park which is very close to northern Tanzania’ s tourist hub of Arusha remained one of the country’s safest wildlife sanctuaries, with no poaching incidents reported in recent years.
“We are now working closely with local communities in the fight against poaching and this has contributed towards making the park safe,” the official said, adding that the fight against poaching needs to involve key players including all people living close to the park.
“And this is what we have been doing to save wildlife from poaching,” the park warden said.
The park is also empowering local communities with anti- poaching skills and cooperating with them in improving their social services such as putting up health and education facilities.
“All these make them aware on the importance of the park and by doing so everyone in the village is a guard of the park,” Mollel said.
According to the park manager, villagers have been in forefront in taking care of wildlife as well as conserving environment outside the park. The official urged students and parents to inculcate a habit of conserving environment and taking part in the anti-poaching campaign. She pledged that the park would continue working hand in hand with local people in addressing dangers facing the wildlife sanctuary including poaching.
The Arusha National Park is famous for its 575 species of birdlife, both migrant and resident. It is the only place on the Northern Circuit where one can easily find the black and white colobus monkey. Other animals frequently seen in the park are baboon, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, hyena, warthog, zebra and many antelope species.
The first President of Tanzania, Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere, recognized the integral part that wildlife conservation plays in our country. In September 1961, at a symposium on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, he gave a speech known as theArusha Manifesto. The statement resonates across most of Africa today:
“The survival of our wildlife is a matter of grave concern to all of us in Africa. These wild creatures amid the wild places they inhabit are not only important as a source of wonder and inspiration, but are an integral part of our natural resources and our future livelihood and wellbeing. In accepting the trusteeship of our wildlife we solemnly declare that we will do everything in our power to make sure that our children’s grand-children will be able to enjoy this rich and precious inheritance. The conservation of wildlife and wild places calls for specialist knowledge, trained manpower, and money, and we look to other nations to cooperate with us in this important task – the success or failure of which not only affects the continent of Africa but the rest of the world as well.”
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