PM orders human, livestock census in Ngorongoro

10Dec 2016
Edward Qorro
The Guardian
PM orders human, livestock census in Ngorongoro

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has directed the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) to conduct human and livestock population census in establishing their coexisting with the wildlife in the area.

In his tour of NCAA on Wednesday, Majaliwa expressed concern that the increased human activities near the Ngorongoro Crater was endangering the wildlife ecosystem.

“I’m told there are more than 100 pastoral communities living here, encroaching the land while others still grazing their livestock; we need to establish the actual number of people and wildlife around this area,” he said, ordering counting tags be imposed on livestock.

He said the initiative would not only prevent the Eighth Wonder of the World from extinction, but also help the government’s efforts in the provision of social services in the region.
“Cattle grazing in this area is detrimental to the existence of the crater,” he cautioned.

Scientists have repeatedly warned against the growing human population, grazing pressure, spread of invasive species and poaching within the conservation area, saying the activities were bound to wiping out the tourist attraction in the near future.

Experts in wildlife management have also raised concern over the disappearance of wild beasts in the country owing to blockage of the animal corridors.

The number of wild beasts in the country stands at 1.5 million, according to Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI).

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests.

Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing, NCAA includes the the world’s largest spectacular caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater