A delegation of 12 members from Swedish Parliament accompanied with the Swedish Ambassador to Tanzania, Katarina Rangnitt visited the Tanzania National Parks’ Headquarters, Arusha to learn on how the organization manages the parks and the challenges it faces.
The Chairman of the Swedish Parliament Committee on Environment and Agriculture, Matilde Ernkrans said that the visit aims at getting an understanding on how different countries with different perspectives manage the wildlife.
“This visit to Tanzania National Parks aims at understanding how TANAPA manages wildlife bearing in mind the different interests people have of wildlife and land use.” Said Matilde Ernkrans.
The TANAPA’s Director General, Allan Kijazi in his welcoming note said that he believes that the visit will be an eye opener to success and challenges of conservation facing the organization and how best can be curbed.
Swedish Ambassador to Tanzania Katarina Rangnitt sharing a light moment with The Director General of TANAPA, Allan Kijazi. Besides is the Director of Tourism and Marketing, Ibrahim Musa
The Director of Tourism and Marketing of Tanzania National Parks, Ibrahim Mussa said while presenting “Overview of Conservation and Tourism” that Tourism in Tanzania is 90% wildlife based and contribute 17% of the Revenue and employs more than one million people. This shows how conservation in the national parks is very important to the country’s economy.
“Tourism can be harnessed to bring local economic development in poverty alleviation” said Ibrahim in his presentation to the delegation.
The delegation is heading to Tarangire National Park where they will have another presentation on challenges of conservation of the park and thereafter game viewing and later on they will, together with park management discuss the way forward.
A group picture of Swedish delegation and TANAPA Management