Marking the German Unity Day, Tanzania stands among top beneficiaries of German partnership in tourism and wildlife conservation.
Strengthening cooperation with Tanzania for conservation of wildlife and protection of biodiversity, the German government has been support protection and conservation of wildlife in Tanzania’s leading wildlife and tourist parks.
Ranked as Tanzania’s traditional partner, Germany is supporting wildlife conservation projects in southern Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve and Serengeti National Park in the north.
Serengeti ecosystem and the Selous Game Reserve, two of the biggest conserved wildlife parks in Africa, have been the key beneficiaries of the German support for nature conservation in Tanzania. These two parks are the biggest conserved wildlife sanctuaries in Africa.
In June this year, the German embassy in Dar es Salaam handed over two vehicles to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Districts. The vehicles will be used by the district authorities to improve the services provided to village communities under good neighborliness initiative.
The vehicles will support activities such as control of wild animals, patrolling, early response to human-wildlife conflicts and training sessions related to natural resource management in localities and villages neighboring the two leading tourist parks in Northern Tanzania.
Deployment of the vehicles are part of the German support for biodiversity protection and rural development around the Serengeti National Park. The program, implemented by GIZ, aims at strengthening the districts in decentralized sustainable natural resource management.
Natural resources in the areas adjacent to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area are increasingly under pressure from human settlements, heightening the risk of human-wildlife conflicts.
Germany government had extended support to Ngorongoro Community through the GIZ NRM program. GIZ supported different activities in the district including capacity building for the staff on natural resource management, aiming to increase the efficiency in implementing daily activities.
Since 2012 Germany has committed Euro 100 million for biodiversity protection and rural development in Tanzania.
Ngorongoro Crater inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is among the most preferred attraction in Tanzania and which pulls many German tourists.
Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro are the products of wildlife conservation areas established by the famous German conservationist, Professor Bernhard Grzimeck and who set up the two famous tourist parks in Africa.
Germany has been a good source for tourists visiting Tanzania every year. The number of German tourists visiting Tanzania rose from 36,626 in 2012 to 53,951 last year, said the Tanzania Tourist Board’s marketing executive, Mr. Geofrey Meena.
The most attractive sites which pull Germans to Tanzania other than wildlife parks are the historical sites including the old German buildings, cultural heritage sites and Mount Kilimanjaro expeditions.
Germany is celebrating the Unity Day, marking 26 years since the reunification of East and West Germany.