Anna Mbogo, Executive Director of Babati District Council (DED), did so yesterday during the official opening of the journalists’ awareness workshop on the change in community behavior in the Kwakuchinja wildlife corridor, which connects the Lake Manyara Biosphere Reserve and Tarangire National Park.
The workshop and excursion are designed to improve journalists’ understanding of the illegal wildlife trade and changing community behavior in relation to the illegal consumption of wildlife conservation and sustainable development.
Traffic works with governments and agencies to find solutions to reduce unsustainable exploitation and illegal wildlife trafficking.
She explained that women are victims of the illegal wildlife trade, mainly carried out by their partners and recipients of illegal meetings.
“Only if education helps them and empowers them to take action against such illegal activities do we have to convince them to refuse to eat illegal food; This will deter their husbands from continuing the illegal hunt, ”she said.
Mbogo added that wildlife conservation training will also help people around wildlife management areas know what wildlife conservation activities they can undertake.
Prior to this, Jane Shuma, Behaviors Change Manager at TRAFFIC East Africa Office, said in her introductory speech that the workshop and excursion are aimed at improving journalists’ understanding of the illegal wildlife trade in changing community behavior in relation to illegal wildlife consumption.
TRAFFIC expects to start implementing behavior change initiatives in the Kwakuchinja Wildlife Corridor early next year. The initiatives are supported by the USAID CONNECT project, which is run by three organizations, namely the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN, the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) and TRAFFIC.
TRAFFIC believes that ongoing community awareness and education through various communication mechanisms and channels will ultimately contribute to behavior change that leads to the responsible consumption of wildlife resources and the conservation of endangered species by the community.
The executive director of the Journalists’ Environment Association of Tanzania (JET) John Chikomo said they are now implementing a five-year conservation project to address the dynamics threatening wildlife movement and the long-term conservation of Tanzania’s biodiversity.