The Chief Conservator at Serengeti National Park, Mr William Mwakilema, told the Parliamentary Lands, Natural Resources and Tourism Committee that the two leading tourist destinations in the country are working to co-implement the Serengeti Ecosystem Development and Conservation Project (SEDCP) that will cost 8 million Euros.
The project, according to Mr Mwakilema, aims at making large strides toward recon ciling development needs of the communities adjacent to the Serengeti ecosystem in line with conservation goals.
“Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area will each get 3.5 million Euros for initial conservation and development programs, and again each park will get an addition 1 million Euros to develop their respective road networks; the grant will add up to 8 million euros,” the Conservator told the Committee.
Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) plans to finance the Serengeti Ecosystem Development Programme through the state owned German Development Bank (KfW) based in Frankfurt.
According to the Frankfurt Zoological Society, the objective of the Serengeti Ecosystem Development and Conservation Project targets socio-economically sustainable development within the Serengeti ecosystem (Serengeti and Ngorongoro Districts) while contributing to its maintenance of the ecological integrity.
But the funds are subject to the confirmation of the proposed land use plan in Loliondo Game Controlled Area, where 1500 square kilometres in Loliondo need to be annexed from the 4000 square Kilometres of the Game Controlled Area.
“This section of the land is important on that it is where all water sources feeding Serengeti and Ngorongoro are located, the 1500 square kilometres of the land strip must be conserved if we are to protect the two National Parks,” stated the Minister for Natural resources and Tourism, Prof Jumanne Maghembe, who accompanied the Parliamentary delegation.
The delegation from the Parliamentary Land, Natural Resources and Tourism Committee have landed in Loliondo, with a sole mission of finding a permanent solution to the troubled conflict.
“We have heard of a series of conflicts, many related to land allocation, misunderstanding between local residents and investors as well as tribal skirmishes,” said the Chairperson of the Land, Natural Resources and Tourism from the National Assembly, Engineer Atashasta Justus Nditiye.
Engineer Nditiye who is also the Member of Parliament for Mhambwe constituency, said after a two-day tour in the troubled division of Ngorongoro district, the 28 member team have witnessed shocking rate of environmental destruction in the Game Controlled Area.