TAWA to increase anti-poaching personnel in forest reserves -Kaaya

29Jun 2021
The Guardian
TAWA to increase anti-poaching personnel in forest reserves -Kaaya

​​​​​​​TANZANIA Wildlife Authority (TAWA) expects to increase the number of game wardens via Rapid Relief Team (RRT) who will work together with other game protection personnel to fight poaching in various forest reserves in the country.

TAWA chief conservator John Kaaya.

TAWA chief conservator John Kaaya said in his statement when closing a two-month training for five RRT instructors sponsored by Tanzania Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) held at Rungwa village  in Manyoni District.

“We expect in all these areas to increase the number of RRT personnel in order to have a strategic control for the entire country,” he added.

He explained poaching activities in the country has gone down significantly due to joint efforts with Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA), TAWA and the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority (NCA).

WCS Assistant Director Michael Lesucha said he was pleased with the situation from his institutions sponsorship and cited, as an example, the formation of RRT units and the establishment of new strategies against poaching.

He said from 2008 to 2013 there was small wildlife population, especially elephants, but this year Rungwa-Kizigo-Muhesi Forest Reserve is home to huge wildlife population than in any area in the East Africa region.

Closing the RRT instructors training, Singida Region Natural Resources Officer, Charles Kidua stressed that the campaign against wildlife poaching needs all stakeholders to be innovative in strategies to fight the crime.

He said due to poachers coming up with new strategies in sabotaging the nation’s wildlife resources, TAWA have established a special unit incorporating RRT personnel, sniffing dogs andAerial Surveillance.

A statement on behalf of the training graduated read by Michael Julius Mushi cited challenges during the training period as including the shortage of special equipment when using firearms, short course period and an appropriate area for practical training.