black rhinoceros enjoying their sanctuary at Mkomazi Natinal Park

The event took place at UNDP Camping site within Chome Nature Forest Reserve (NFR), Which is one of the 12 NFR that are being supported by UNDP Tanzania with funds from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).

Chome Nature Forest Reserve (NFR), Main office

During the launching of the strategy, several partners and stakeholders were invited including Director General for Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) Mr. Kijazi, and Chief Executive Officer of Tanzania Forest Service Agency (TFS) Prof. Dos Santos Silayo. UNDP Tanzania was represented by Ms. Gertrude Lyatuu who is the pillar lead for Environmental sustainability, climate change & resilience. Prof. Adolf Mkenda, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism was guest of honour he launched the Strategy

Invited guests with Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism and District Commissioner from Same.

The event begun by visiting the Mkomazi National Park which is among the large parks in the country covering an area of about 3,234 km2 within it there is a Rhino Sanctuary. There are also other mammal’s speciesin this park including the Giraffe, oryx, gerenuk, hartebeest, lesser kudu, eland, impala and Grant's gazelle which shares the park with elephant, buffalo, and numerous predators, such as lion, leopard and cheetah

Ms. Gertrude Lyatuu Environmental sustainability, climate change & resilience pillar lead at Mkomazi National Park

Though the park has potential to attract tourists, this has not been possible due to limited infrastructure for tourism.  In the late 80’s the government decided to prioritize it as a center for rehabilitation of highly endangered wild dogs, and black rhinoceros through a breeding programme which was and still supported by TANAPA, the Wildlife Division, and the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust (GAWPT).

Shengena Peak Challenge

Preceeding the launching event, the Same DC Ms. Rosemary Senaymule led a team of 160 participants to take up the challenge of climbing to an altitude of about 2,462-meter above sea level. This is the highest point in mount Shengena. She has a plan to promote this peak as an exercise prior to climbing mt Kilimanjaro.  Immediately after the strategy was launched those who managed to reach the peak were awarded certificate by the guest of honor Prof. Adolf Mkenda, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT).

Ms. Gertrude Lyatuu Environmental sustainability, climate change & resilience pillar lead at Shengena Peak
Invited guest are celebrating after reaching Shengena Peak

How does the plan benefit same district?

Same is the first and the only district in Tanzania to localize regional investment and develop a concrete plan that is mostly likely to attract national and International tourists to the area. This means the district will be able to collect additional revenue from tourism.  The plan also links both Mkomazi National Park and Chome Forest Nature Reserve to ensure conservation is carried in a strategic manner, safeguarding both biodiversity and animal sanctuary for better environmental protection measures 

The way forward

Same has the potential to contribute to the national development of the tourism sector and GDP, speaking during the event the guest of honor PS from MNRT Prof. Adolf Mkenda acknowledged UNDP Tanzania CO support to various projects across the country and call for further collaboration and partnership during the implementation of the launched strategic plan, to make Same a unique tourist destination in the country.

Director General for TANAPA and TFS CEO also pledged their commitment to support the plan by looking how the two institutions can tap into the global resources including the forthcoming round seven of the Global Environment Facility ( GEF7 ).

For more information contact

Gertrude Lyatuu: pillar lead for Environmental sustainability, climate change & resilience; gertrude.lyatuu@undp.org

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