Speaking during a two-day online training for journalists organised by the Journalists Environmental Association of Tanzania (JET) with support from Internews, Dr Kalumanga underscored the need for public private partnership (PPP) in environment conservation.
He said that partnerships and dialogue will increase understanding, identifying and filing knowledge gap on critical wildlife issues among citizens.
“Dialogue and partnerships will effectively increase wildlife awareness and address some challenges facing the sector,” he said.
According to him, wildlife is the most important natural resources in the country, hence the need to sustainably manage it. He said good management of the natural resources will boost national income and keep the environment healthy.
Speaking on biodiversity, he said that biodiversity conservation is important to animals, plants and human being as they all depend on each other.
Human beings development is linked to the existence of other organisms on earth, he noted.
Dr Kalumanga stated that poor biodiversity and ecosystem protection leads to among other things the loss of human well-being, social disruption and increased pressure on ecosystem.
JET Executive Director, John Chikomo said the association scheduled to conduct a number of capacity building trainings to journalists. He said the trainings will be on different environment matters with the intention of increasing the public’s general awareness on wildlife and environment issues.
He noted that good and professional media coverage on wildlife issues is the key in promoting wildlife conservation, addressing human-wildlife conflict as well as controlling poaching.
Chikomo added that after the trainings participants will be engaged in official field trips to various wildlife conservation areas in the country whereas apart from learning they are expected to educate the public on various wildlife conservation issues.
Some of the journalists who benefitted with the training commended the association’s efforts in making sure they are well equipped with necessary knowledge that helps in improving the wildlife conservation in the country.
Said Mwishehe said: “We have been empowered with professional reporting skills which will bring impact in the country’s wildlife sector.”