Monday, July 24, 2017

WAZIRI WA MALIASILI NA UTALII, PROF. JUMANNE MAGHEMBE APOKEA MABILIONEA 26 KUTOKA MABARA YOTE DUNIANI KATIKA HIFADHI YA TAIFA YA SERENGETI

Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Prof. Jumanne Maghembe akizungumza na Mabilionea 26 kutoka taasisi ya Young Presidents Organisation  (YPO) wakiwa na wenza wao katika moja ya hoteli ndani ya Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Serengeti wakati wa mapokezi yao jana kwa ajili ya ziara yao ya siku tatu nchini Tanzania.
 Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Shirika la Hifadhi za Taifa Tanzania (TANAPA), Alan Kijazi (katikati waliosimama) akizungumza na Mabilionea hao. Kulia kwake ni Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Prof. Jumanne Maghembe .
Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Prof. Jumanne Maghembe akizungumza na Mabilionea hao jana katika moja ya hoteli ndani ya Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Serengeti. Kushoto kwake ni Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Shirika la Hifadhi za Taifa Tanzania (TANAPA), Alan Kijazi.

Kiongozi wa msafara wa Mabilionea hao, Perry Amber akizungumza wakati wa mapokezi hayo jana katika moja ya hoteli ndani ya Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Serengeti. 
Mabilionea hao kutoka taasisi ya Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) wakimsikiliza Waziri Maghembe.
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Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Prof. Jumanne Maghembe amewapokea Mabilionea 26 wa taasisi ya Young Presidents Organisation  (YPO) wakiwa na wenza wao katika Hifadhi ya Taifa  Serengeti kwa ajili ya kutembelea vivutio vya utalii katika ziara yao ya siku 3 nchini Tanzania.

Mabilionea hao ambao wanatoka katika mabara yote duniani wapo nchini Tanzania kama sehemu ya ziara yao katika nchi 8 duniani ikiwemo Uingereza, Rwanda, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan na Rajastan.

Katika hafla ya Chakula cha jioni alichowaandalia Wageni wake,  Prof. Maghembe aliwakaribisha Tanzania na kwenye Maajabu ya Dunia yanayobebwa na Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Serengeti. Alisisitiza "hakuna eneo lolote katika uso wa Dunia lenye mkusanyiko wa wanyama wanaokula majani (herbivores) na wale wanaokula nyama (canivores) kama Serengeti". 

Prof. Maghembe aliwaeleza Wageni wake kuwa kuhifadhi ni gharama kubwa inayobebwa na Tanzania kwa niaba ya Dunia. Hivyo akawaomba wageni hao wawe mabalozi wa kuitangaza Tanzania kama eneo lenye  amani na vivutio vyenye ubora wa pekee. Hatua hiyo italeta watalii wengi na kuiongezea Tanzania mapato.

Aidha, aliwaomba warudi tena kuwekeza nchini ili washiriki kwenye uchumi unaokua kwa wastani wa 7% kwa kipindi cha miaka 15 sasa.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

RAIS DKT MAGUFULI AWATAKA WENYE MIFUGO MINGI KUIUZA BADALA YA KUICHUNGA HIFADHINI





TANZANIA IS RATED THE BEST SAFARI COUNTRY OF 2017 IN AFRICA


THE NETHERLANDS – SafariBookings.com has conducted an in-depth analysis of reviews from safari tourists and acclaimed Africa experts to determine the continent’s best country for safaris. And the winner? TANZANIA came out on top – the country is the clear winner and has been awarded our best safari country for 2017.

More than 2,500 reviews were used in this comprehensive research. Contributions came from safari-goers all over the world. And 22 reputable guidebook authors – working for Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt and Footprint, who make-up the SafariBookings expert panel – also contributed reviews.

Tanzania with its teeming wildlife and astounding natural beauty on average had the highest scores. The country won only by a slim margin though from Zambia. Interestingly, when the results are broken down, members of the expert panel rated Tanzania the highest while safari tourists had a preference for Zambia.

In 2013 SafariBookings conducted its first-ever review analysis to determine the best country for safaris in Africa. Tanzania won that contest clearly. However, because things change so rapidly in Africa we conducted another analysis in 2017, using new reviews from safari tourists and from the guidebook authors on our expert panel. One thing that hasn’t changed is Tanzania’s popularity, once again voted the best safari country in Africa.

Best country for wildlife

SafariBookings analysis also determined that Tanzania was the best country in Africa for spotting wildlife. Given the exceptional wildlife-viewing opportunities in parks such as the superlative Serengeti and the wildlife-rich Ngorogoro Conservation area, this was unsurprising.


Recently, Tanzania has received a good number of famous superstars from around the Globe visiting her tourist attractions. Those visitors includes the former Israel Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, football superstars such as David Beckham, Morgan Schneiderlin, Mamadou Sakho, Victor Wanyama, Christian Erikssen, Wayne Rooney and Everton Football Club. Others who fall under the category of Musician and Actors includes Will Smith, Usher Raymond, Harrison Ford and Sanjay Dutt of India.


Indeed, Tanzania is the Africa Tourist Destination.


WELCOME/KARIBU ! #visittanzania The land of #kilimanjaro#zanzibar and the #serengeti

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Monday, July 17, 2017

WAZIRI WA MALIASILI NA UTALII, PROF. JUMANNE MAGHEMBE AKABIDHI TUZO YA HESHIMA KWA DKT. JANE GOODALL

Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism through Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) has awarded Dr. Jane Goodall a Sokwe Conservation Award in recognition of her incredible work of almost 60 years towards Chimpanzees research in Gombe National Park. The award was presented to her yesterday in Dar es Salaam by the Minister of Natural Resources & Tourism, Hon. Prof. Jumanne Maghembe.


Wizara ya Maliasili na Utalii kupitia Shirika la Hifadhi za Taifa Tanzania (TANAPA) limetoa tuzo maalum ijulikanayo kama Sokwe Conservation Award kwa Dkt. Jane Goodall kutokana na mchango wake mkubwa wa takriban miaka 60 ya utafiti wa Sokwe katika Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Gombe.Tuzo hiyo ilikabidhiwa kwake jana Jijini Dar es Salaam na Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii Prof. Jumanne Maghembe.
 Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Prof. Jumanne Maghembe (kulia), akimkabidhi Tuzo ya Uhifadhi Wanyama aina ya Sokwe, Dkt. Jane Goodall, aliyekuwa akifanya utafiti wa Wanyama hao kwa miaka 60 katika hifadhi mbalimbali na baadaye kujikita katika Hifadhi ya Gombe.  Dkt. Jane Goodall akionyesha cheti chake cha kutambua mchango wake katika Uhifadhi Wanyama aina ya Sokwe.  Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, akimkabidhi Tuzo ya Uhifadhi Wanyama aina ya Sokwe, Dkt. Jane Goodall, aliyekuwa akifanya utafiti wa Wanyama hao kwa miaka 60 katika hifadhi mbalimbali na baadaye kujikita katika Hifadhi ya Gombe. Kushoto ni Mwenyekiti wa Bodi ya Tanapa, George Waitara na Bi. Gertude Mongella.  Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Prof. Jumanne Maghembe Profesa Maghembe akizungumza wakati wa hafla ugawaji wa tuzo kwa Dk. Jane Goodall ambaye ametoa mchango mkubwa kwenye sekta ya uhifadhi na kubainisha tabia za sokwe ambazo watu wengi hawazijui. Profesa Maghembe aliongeza kuwa mtafiti huyo ambaye ni raia wa Uingereza amebainisha katika tafiti zake kwamba sokwe wana fikiri na wana hisia kama walivyo binadamu. Picha zote na Kajunason Blog/Cathbert Kajuna.  Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Shirika la Hifadhi za Taifa Tanzania (TANAPA), Alan Kijazi akitoa machache wakati wa hafla ya ugawaji wa tuzo kwa Dk. Jane Goodall ambaye ni muhifadhi Wanyama aina ya Sokwe aliyekuwa akifanya utafiti wa Wanyama hao kwa miaka 60.  Dkt. Jane Goodall, ambaye aliyekuwa akifanya utafiti wa Wanyama aina ya Sokwe kwa miaka 60 akitoa shukrani za pekee.    Wageni waalikwa waliofika kuhudhuria hafla hiyo. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

MAAJABU YA UHIFADHI TANZANIA: SIMBA AMNYONYESHA MTOTO WA CHUI


Simba apatikana akimnyonyesha mwana wa Chui Tanzania                                                                                                                     JOOP VAN DER LINDE/NDUTU LODGE
Image captionSimba apatikana akimnyonyesha mwana wa Chui Tanzania

Mwana wa chui hawezi kubadili madoa doa katika ngozi yake lakini simba huyo hajali hilo.
Picha hizi ni za kwanza kuchukuliwa simba akimnyonyesha mwana wa chui kutoka jamii nyengine ya wanayama, kisa kisicho cha kawaida.
Wawili hao walionekana na Joop Van Der Linde mgeni katika katika eneo la Ndutu safari Lodge nchini Tanzania katika eneo la uhifadhi la wanyma pori la Ngorongoro.

Simba Nasikitok akimnyonyesha mwana huyo wa chui katika Ngorongoro
Image captionSimba Nasikitok akimnyonyesha mwana huyo wa chui katika Ngorongoro

Eneo hilo ni la Serengeti. Simba huyo amepewa jina Nosikitok na ana umri wa miaka mitano.
Simba huyo amewekewa mfumo wa GPS katika shingo yake ili kutambua anakokwenda na ana watoto watatu waliozaliwa kati ya mwezi Juni 27-28.

Daktari Hunter anasema Nosikitok ana watoto wachanga walio na umri sawa na mwana huyo wa chui wakiwa na wiki mbili hadi tatu hivi.
Image captionDaktari Hunter anasema Nosikitok ana watoto wachanga walio na umri sawa na mwana huyo wa chui wakiwa na wiki mbili hadi tatu hivi.

Daktari Luke Hunter , ambaye ni rais muhifadhi mkuu wa Panthera ,shirika kuu la ufugaji wa wanyama aina ya paka aliambia BBC kwamba kisa hicho ni cha kipekee.

Simba huyo alikuwa kilomita moja kutoka kwa nyumba yao ambapo kuna maficho ya watoto wake alipokutana na chuo huyo mdogo.Haki miliki ya pichaJOOP VAN DER LINDE/NDUTU LODGE
Image captionSimba huyo alikuwa kilomita moja kutoka kwa nyumba yao ambapo kuna maficho ya watoto wake alipokutana na chuo huyo mdogo.

Sio kitu ambacho nilijuwa ambapo simba angeweza kuwalea watoto wa simba mwengine.,...hiki ni kisa tofauti sana.
Sina kisa chengine chochote nikijuacho kati ya familia ya mnyama paka kwa mfano pale ambapo mnyama mmoja amechukua mwana wa mnyama mwengine katika familia hiyo hiyo na kumnyonyesha.
Simba wengi wa kike huwauwa watoto wa chui wanapokutana nao, na huwaona kama wapinzani katika mapambano ya kutafuta chakula.
Daktari Hunter anasema Nosikitok ana watoto wachanga walio na umri sawa na mwana huyo wa chui wakiwa na wiki mbili hadi tatu hivi.

Chui mtoto anayeishi na simbaHaki miliki ya pichaJOOP VAN DER LINDE/NDUTU LODGE
Image captionChui mtoto anayeishi na simba

Simba huyo alikuwa kilomita moja kutoka kwa nyumba yao ambapo kuna maficho ya watoto wake alipokutana na chuo huyo mdogo.
Alimchukua mwana huyo na kumlea kama wake na humlindi dhidi ya shambulio lolote.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

USHER RAYMOND IS IN TANZANIA, ROONEY AS WELL AND EVERTON FC

Usher Raymond, the American millionaire, singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor is in Tanzania, Singita Grumeti, Serengeti.
Down here, is the list of other International stars who visited Tanzania recently in 2017, quite impressive, isn't it?!

1. David Beckham
2. Morgan Schneiderlin
3. Mamadou Sakho
4. Victor Wanyama
5. Christian Erikssen
6. Wayne Rooney & Everton fv
7. Will Smith
8. Usher Raymond.

Karibu! #visittanzania The land of #kilimanjaro ,#zanzibar and the #serengeti


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

NAIBU KATIBU MKUU WIZARA YA MALIASILI, DKT. ALOYCE NZUKI AFUNGUA WARSHA YA KUKUSANYA MAONI YA KUBORESHA RASIMU YA SERA MPYA YA MISITU YA MWAKA 2016 KWA WAKAZI WA MIKOA YA KANDA YA KATI MJINI DODOMA

Naibu Katibu Mkuu, Wizara ya Maliasili na Utalii, Dkt. Aloyce Nzuki akizungumza wakati akifungua warsha iliyoandaliwa na Wizara hiyo kwa wadau wa Mikoa ya Kanda ya Kati kwa ajili ya kukusanya maoni ya kuboresha Rasimu ya Sera Mpya ya Misitu ya mwaka 2016 iliyofanyika mjini Dodoma leo. 
Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Misitu na Nyuki, Wizara ya Maliasili na Utalii, Dkt. Ezekiel Mwakalukwa akizungumza katika warsha iliyoandaliwa na Wizara hiyo kwa wadau wa Mikoa ya Kanda ya Kati kwa ajili ya kukusanya maoni ya kuboresha Rasimu ya Sera Mpya ya Misitu ya mwaka 2016 iliyofanyika mjini Dodoma leo. 
 Naibu Katibu Mkuu, Wizara ya Maliasili na Utalii, Dkt. Aloyce Nzuki (kushoto) akipokea vitabu vya Sera ya Taifa ya Misitu ya mwaka 1998 kutoka kwa Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa Shirika la Mpingo Conservation Initiatives, Makala Jasper ambao wamesaidia kuchapisha nakala 1304 za sera hiyo kwa ajili ya kusaidia zoezi linaloendelea la kukusanya maoni ya kuboresha Rasimu ya Sera Mpya ya Misitu ya Mwaka 2016 katika warsha iliyoandaliwa na Wizara hiyo mjini Dodoma leo. Kulia anayeshuhudia ni Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Misitu na Nyuki, Dkt. Ezekiel Mwakalukwa.
 Baadhi wa watumishi wa Wizara ya Maliasili na wadau wa sekta ya Misitu na Nyuki wakiwa kwenye warsha iliyoandaliwa na Wizara ya Maliasili na Utalii kwa ajili ya kukusanya maoni ya kuboresha Rasimu ya Sera Mpya ya Misitu ya mwaka 2016, mjini Dodoma leo.
Baadhi ya washiriki wa warsha hiyo.
Baadhi ya wakazi wa kanda ya kati walioshiriki warsha iliyoandaliwa na Wziara ya Maliasili na Utalii kwa ajili ya kukusanya maoni iliyoandaliwa na Wizara ya Maliasili na Utalii kwa ajili ya kukusanya maoni ya kuboresha Rasimu ya Sera Mpya ya Misitu ya mwaka 2016, mjini Dodoma leo.
Baadhi ya washiriki wa warsha hiyo kutoka mikoa ya Kanda ya Kati.
  Baadhi ya washiriki wa warsha hiyo.
 Picha ya pamoja ya Naibu Katibu, Wizara ya Maliasili na Utalii, Dkt. Aloyce Nzuki na washiriki wa warsha hiyo.
 Picha ya pamoja ya Naibu Katibu, Wizara ya Maliasili na Utalii, Dkt. Aloyce Nzuki (katikati walioka), Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Misitu na Nyuki, Dkt. Ezekiel Mwakalukwa (kulia kwake)na Wawezeshaji wa warsha hiyo.
Washiriki wa warsha hiyo wakiwa kwenye vikundi kazi vya kukusanya maoni ya kuboresha Rasimu ya Sera Mpya ya Misitu ya mwaka 2016 lililoandaliwa na Wizara hiyo mjini Dodoma leo.
 Mkurugenzi Msaidizi wa Idara ya Misitu na Nyuki, Wizara ya Maliasili na Utalii, Alen Richard akizungumza na baadhi ya wadau wa Misitu wa Mikoa ya Kanda ya Kati wakati wa warsha iliyoandaliwa na Wizara hiyo kwa ajili ya kukusanya maoni ya kuboresha Rasimu ya Sera Mpya ya Misitu ya mwaka 2016 lililoandaliwa na Wizara hiyo mjini Dodoma leo.
Washiriki wa warsha hiyo wakiwa kwenye vikundi kazi vya kukusanya maoni ya kuboresha Rasimu ya Sera Mpya ya Misitu ya mwaka 2016 lililoandaliwa na Wizara hiyo mjini Dodoma leo. (PICHA NA HAMZA TEMBA-WMU)

SOMA HOTUBA YA NAIBU KATIBU MKUU NA MKURUGENZI WA IDARA YA MISITU NA NYUKI HAPA CHINI

Sunday, July 9, 2017

TANZANIA YABADILI MSIMAMO WA UNESCO WA KUITAKA KUSITISHA UJENZI WA MRADI WA STIEGLER'S GORGE KATIKA PORI LA AKIBA LA SELOUS


HAMZA TEMBA - WMU
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Tanzania imesisitiza uamuzi wake wa kuendelea na mpango wa kujenga mradi mkubwa wa kuzalisha umeme katika maporomoko ya mto Rufiji (Stiegler's Gorge Hydro Power Project) yaliyopo ndani ya Pori la Akiba la Selous mbele ya wajumbe wa Kamati ya Urithi wa Dunia kutokana na umuhimu wake kwa maendeleo ya Watanzania.

Akizungumza mwishoni mwa wiki katika mkutano wa 41 wa wajumbe wa Kamati ya Urithi wa Dunia unaoendeshwa na Shirika la Elimu, Sayansi na Utamaduni la Umoja wa Mataifa (UNESCO) ambao unaendelea katika Jiji la Krakov nchini Poland, Kiongozi wa msafara huo ambaye ni Katibu Mkuu Wizara ya Maliasili na Utalii, Meja Jenerali Gaudence Milanzi aliwaeleza wajumbe wa mkutano huo kuwa mpango huo ulikuwepo katika ajenda ya Serikali ya Tanzania tangu miaka ya 1960's na kwamba ukubwa wa eneo litakalotumika kutekeleza mradi huo ni asilimia tatu tu ya eneo lote la pori hilo ambalo lina ukubwa wa kilometa za mraba 50,000.

Aliongeza kuwa, “Itakumbukwa kuwa mnamo mwaka 1982 wakati pori hili (Selous) limewekwa katika orodha ya maeneo ya urithi wa dunia, Shirika la Umoja wa Mataifa la Uhifadhi wa Asili (IUCN) liliutambua mradi huo wa Stiegler's Gorge kutokuwa na madhara makubwa katika uharibifu wa mazingira ukizingatia ukubwa wa pori hilo na eneo litakalotumika kujenga mradi huo”.

Aliwaeleza wajumbe hao kuwa, Serikali ya Tanzania inatekeleza sera ya kujenga uchumi wa viwanda hali inayopelekea kuwa na mahitaji makubwa ya nishati ya umeme hivyo kwa kuzingatia vyanzo vilivyopo imekuwa ni muhimu sasa kufikiria tena ujenzi wa mradi huo kama chanzo kingine muhimu cha nishati kuwezesha kufikia azma hiyo.

Alisema mradi huo utaongeza uzalishaji wa umeme nchini kufikia asilimia 144.8 hivyo kuondoa upungufu wa nishati uliopo kwa sasa na pindi utakapokamilika utawanufaisha watanzania wengi wanaoishi bila umeme ikiwa ni pamoja na kukidhi mahitaji yake ya kuendesha viwanda.


Meja Jenerali Milanzi alilazimika kutoa maelezo hayo kwa kamati hiyo ili kuweka bayana dhamira ya dhati Serikali ya Tanzania ya kuendelea na ujenzi wa mradi huo kwa ajili ya maendeleo endelevu huku akitoa rai kwao kuwa Serikali bado ipo tayari kwa mazungumzo ya namna bora ya kutekeleza mradi huo kwa faida ya jamii, uchumi na mustakbali bora wa mazingira ya hifadhi ya Selous na taifa kwa ujumla.


“Kwa kutumia teknolojia bora zilizopo, mipango imara na usimamizi thabiti, mradi huu utakua na faida kubwa kwa taifa ikiwa na pamoja na kuboresha maisha ya watu maskini na jamii kwa ujumla bila kuathiri mazingira yanayotoa faida hizo”, alisema Milanzi.


Hapo awali, kabla ya mkutano huo, ujumbe wa Tanzania ukiongozwa na Katibu Mkuu huyo ulifanya mazungumzo na Maafisa Waandamizi wa Kituo cha Urithi wa Dunia na Bodi za Ushauri ya kituo hicho na kuwasilisha kwa maandishi msimamo wa Tanzania kuhusu ujenzi wa mradi huo.


Tanzania ilipinga vikali rasimu ya azimio No. 41 COM 7 A.17 aya ya 7 ambalo liliitaka kusitisha kabisa (to permanently abandon) ujenzi wa mradi wa kuzalisha umeme katika maporomoko ya mto Rufiji (Stiegler's Gorge Hydro Power Project). Baada ya tamko la Tanzania kupinga azimio hilo kipengele hicho kilifanyiwa marekebisho ipasavyo na neno “to permanently abandon” (kusitisha kabisa) liliondolewa katika azimio hilo kupisha majadiliano zaidi.


Tanzania ni miongoni mwa nchi wanachama zilizosaini mkataba wa urithi wa Dunia wa mwaka 1972 huku ikiwa na maeneo sita yaliyorodheshwa katika urithi huo ikiwepo Pori la Akiba la Selous, Hifadhi ya Mlima Kilimanjaro, Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Serengeti, Mji Mkongwe (Zanzibar), Hifadhi ya Ngorongoro na Michoro ya kondoa, Kilwa Kisiwani na Songo Mnara. Aidha, ni mwanachama wa Kamati ya Urithi wa Dunia kwa kipindi cha miaka minne hadi mwaka 2019.


Tokea ijiunge na kamati hiyo mwaka 2015, Tanzania imekua na msimamo wa kuwa na maendeleo endelevu katika ajenda za mikutano yake pamoja na miongozo yake ili kuruhusu kuendeleza maeneo ya urithi wa dunia kuweza kufikia maendeleo ya kijamii na kiuchumi bila kuwepo kwa athari kubwa katika mazingira.


Mkutano huo wa 41 wa wajumbe wa Kamati ya Urithi wa Dunia unaoendelea katika jiji la Krakov nchini Poland umehudhuriwa na nchi wanachama 193 na unajadili mambo mbalimbali muhimu kuhusu uhifadhi na ulinzi maeneo ya urithi wa dunia pamoja na kutangaza maeneo mengine mapya ya urithi wa dunia yaliyowasilishwa na nchi nyingine wanachama katika mkutano huo.

Ujumbe wa Tanzania katika mkutano huo ulijumuisha pia Balozi wa Tanzania nchini Ufaransa ambaye pia ni mjumbe wa kudumu wa UNESCO, Samwel W. Shulukindo na Maafisa Waandamizi kutoka Wizara ya Maliasili na Utalii.  Mkutano huo ulianza tarehe 2 Julai na unategemewa kumalizika tarehe 12 Julai, 2017.

Muonekano wa mto Rufiji kutokea angani ambao maporomoko yake yatatumika kuzalisha umeme katika mradi unaotarajiwa kujengwa na Serikali wa Stiegler's Gorge.
Sehemu ya mto Rufiji unakatiza katika Pori la Akiba la Selous.

Pori la akiba la Selous lina vivutio vingi vya utalii ikiwemo wanyamapori mbalimbali wakubwa kama Tembo, Simba, Nyati, Chui, Twiga na Viboko.


TANZANIA RE-AFFIRMS ITS POSITION TO CONSTRUCT THE STIEGLER’S GORGE HYDROPOWER DAM WITHIN THE SELOUS GAME RESERVE WORLD HERITAGE SITE, AT THE MEETING OF THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE, KRAKOW, POLAND

At the on-going 41stWorld Heritage Committee meeting in Krakow, Poland, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has re-affirmed its commitment to undertake the Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric Development Project within the Selous Game Reserve World Heritage Site. The Tanzanian delegation to the meeting is led by Maj. Gen. Gaudence S. Milanzi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism also composed of H. E Samwel W. Shelukindo, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to France and Permanent delegate to UNESCO, as well as senior experts from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.

During the meeting, the Permanent Secretary informed delegates from across the World that the plans to build the dam have been on the government’s agenda since the 1960’s. The Selous Game Reserve covers 50,000sq km and the proposed project will only covers 3% of the area.  He reiterated that the Selous Game Reserve was therefore inscribed in the World Heritage List with this agenda already on the table. It should be noted that at the time of inscription of the reserve in 1982, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considered that the Stiegler's Gorge project was of no serious environmental concern, given the vast size of the property. The Permanent Secretary further pointed that Tanzania has recently made a firm decision towards industrial transformation, which has significantly increased energy demand. Given the currently available power generation options, it has been imperative to re-consider Stiegler’s Gorge as a power source.

The Permanent Secretary also indicated that at full capacity, implementation of this project will boost the total power production for the country by about 144.8%, and therefore, Tanzania has decided to develop the Stiegler’s Gorge power source to its full potential to address the widened gap in power demand. When completed, it will benefit the majority of the Tanzanian population currently living without electricity. The project will also meet the increased industrial power demand in the country.

In underscoring Tanzania’s position, the Permanent Secretary noted that if well planned, executed and monitored, projects such as power dams need not necessarily adversely impair conservation. In contrast, by use of the best available technological options, planning and monitoring tools, such projects stand to generate national wealth and improve the livelihoods and social well-being of local communities without adversely jeopardizing the very environmental base that generates such benefits. He also pointed out that despite the ‘no option’ conception for hydropower projects within or adjacent World Heritage sites, in reality demand for such projects continue to exist worldwide since they address basic socio-economic needs not only in Tanzania but also in other countries.

In delivering the statement, the Permanent Secretary emphasized that the message was to confirm to the World Heritage Committee about Tanzania`s determination to proceed with the project, based on the principles of sustainable development. He however said that, Tanzania was ready for further consultations   that will allow implementation of this prioritized endeavor for the socio-economic and environmental well-being of the Game Reserve and Tanzania as a whole. Before the discussion, Tanzanian delegation held consultations with senior officers of the World Heritage Centre and its Advisory Bodies on the matter and officially submitted a letter to the World Heritage Centre expressingTanzania’s position.

Tanzania strongly opposed to the previous draft resolution No. 41 COM 7 A.17 paragraph 7 which urged Tanzania to Permanently abandon the Stieglier`s Gorge Hydro- Power Project. After the Statement the draft resolution was later amended and the paragraph was reviewed accordingly.

Tanzania is a signatory to the World Heritage Convention of 1972. Seven sites in Tanzania are inscribed in the list of the World Heritage List including the Selous Game Reserve and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Tanzania is currently a member of the World Heritage Committee for the period of four years until 2019. Since admission to the membership in 2015, Tanzania has been pushing the Committee to uphold the concept of sustainable development in the Committee’s agenda and guidelines in order to allow physical development and optimal socio-economic developments with minimal possible adverse environmental impacts.

The meeting also discussed the Ngorongoro World Heritage Site and during the deliberations, the World Heritage Committee commended the United Republic of Tanzania for accomplishing steps towards hardening of the Ngorongoro – Serengeti road passing through the two conservation areas in order to mitigate the adverse environmental effects due heavy traffic of tourist vehicles in order to improve visitors` experiences.

Responding to the issues raised by the World Heritage Committee, the Conservator of Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, Dr. Freddy Manongi informed the Committee that the main purpose of the road surface upgrade was to address environmental concerns created by the use of the existing earth road by over 500 tourist vehicles each day during the high tourism season. The use of the earth road in the area demands quarterly maintenance which leads to adverse environmental impacts such as air (dust), visual and noise pollution. He reiterated that currently the maintenance of the earth road is costly and has exhausted gravel materials from the property and water has also become scarce. Such costs could otherwise be used to support conservation and human community development efforts within the conservation area.

The on-going 41st session of the World Heritage Committee meeting which is attended by all 193 State Parties to the convention is expected to deliberate on a number of important issues regarding conservation and protection of the World heritage Site including the nomination of the new sites to the World Heritage List submitted by other State Parties. The meeting will end on 12th July, 2017.


9th July, 2017