Management of shared resources to dominate SADC ministers meet

09Oct 2019
Marc Nkwame
The Guardian
Management of shared resources to dominate SADC ministers meet

MANAGEMENT of shared natural resources and trans-frontier Conservation will be at the of top of the agenda when ministers responsible for tourism, wildlife, environment and natural resources from the Southern Africa Development Community member states convene in Arusha next week to hatch new-

Regional Commissioner for Arusha, Mrisho Gambo.

- initiatives in conservation cooperation.

Speaking here yesterday, the Regional Commissioner for Arusha, Mrisho Gambo said the eight-day events will bring together more than 500 delegates from the 16 SADC countries who are to gather in the city between the 18th and 25th of October 2019.

 “Arusha, as it is well known, plays an important role of being the tourism capital of Tanzania,” stated RC Gambo, adding that, the meeting will also open new doors for investors in travel industry from the SADC region coming to pitch camp in the country’s northern circuit.

It was reported, at the threshold of the SADC Ministerial meeting that regional cooperation is necessary when countries share conservation areas.

“Trans-frontier Conservation Areas play a critical role in conservation and support biodiversity through the provision of extended, contiguous protected areas,” reads part of the statement made available to the Guardian.

When it comes to environment, the SADC member states jointly address Natural Resources issues within the Southern African region by focusing on four key Trans-frontier Conservation Areas including Forests; Wildlife; Water; Fisheries.

The SADC conservation dossier reinforces the protection of especially forests mapped within the 16 member states to ensure that the region supports rich biodiversity and contribute to poverty reduction through environment protection and addressing climate change mitigation in a variety of ways.

When it comes to fauna, SADC conservation strategies reinforce the importance of Wildlife for local subsistence and livelihoods, adding that this segment contributes significantly to regional tourism activities.

The SADC Ministerial meeting in Arusha will also address the issue of Water resources now that it has been described as fundamental and scarce means in the region that requires regional cooperation to accommodate competing needs for water allocation, use and water quality management, as well as hydroelectric power generation.

But alongside water, SADC ministers find fisheries to be the future and reliable food supply but which calls for improved handling and processing, aquaculture to be able to form yet another poverty alleviating industry.