UNDP and Ministry of Natural Resources Sign an Agreement to Support Combating Wildlife Crime and Advancing Conservation ProjectApr 16, 2015
The United Nations Development Programme and Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism signed an agreement to provide support for Combating Wildlife Crime and Advancing Conservation in Tanzania. The project seeks to mobilize USD 51.9 million over a period of 5 year to implement the National Strategy to Combat Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade, officially launched in October 2014.
The signing of the project document between UNDP and Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism took place during a Local Project Appraisal meeting held on 15 April 2015 at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Offices. The members of the Local Project Appraisal Committee included the Ministry of Natural Resources, UNDP, DPGE- Co-Chair, World Bank, USAID Tanzania, German Development Cooperation (GIZ), UNODC, PMO-RALG, Mweka and others.
The Government through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in collaboration with United Development Programme (UNDP) developed and launched the National Strategy to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trade that provides for an integrated national response, strengthening of law enforcement and governance, and improving awareness and relationships between supply and consumer countries. The five-year project (2015-2020) will complement in a coordinated way the Government’s ongoing efforts to combat wildlife crime in Tanzania.
The project aims at: Strengthening national and sub-national capacity for intelligence-informed, highly coordinated law enforcement; Improving rural livelihoods through enhanced community-based management of natural resources and Awareness raising in supply, transit and destination countries that helps to both change attitudes towards wildlife crime and build international support.
A Partnership Framework was established in May 2014 and signed by a number of partners including: African Development Bank, China, European Union, France, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom, United Nations Development Programme and World Bank. Other partners who have also shown interest to join the partnership include Belgium, Canada, Japan, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, South Korea, UAE and India.
UNDP Tanzania is therefore committed to continue supporting the Government of Tanzania’s efforts to combat wildlife crime in Tanzania and strengthen conservation efforts in order to respond rapidly to the rise in wildlife crime, including poaching and illegal trafficking of wildlife products.