Use high-tech to combat poaching, Kairuki urges TANAPA

By Lake Zone Watch writer

Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) has been urged to use high-technology in protecting and conserving its areas against the scourge of poaching and invasion of such places.

“In fighting poaching and undertaking patrols in national parks, let’s continue using high-tech equipment to ensure the protection of our areas is 100 per cent,” Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Angela Kariuki said today when speaking to the TANAPA management in Arusha.

She urged TANAPA to continue promoting the country’s tourist attractions electronically to enable the nation realise its five million target of tourists visiting the country.

“You should continue strengthening the use of digital means in your operations by getting feedback from tourists on your services to help you make improvements,” the minister said.

Kairuki challenged the TANAPA management to resolve conflicts between the state-run tourism agency and the villagers living close the parks. Always, she said, the aim should be creating harmonious relations and good neighbourliness between the parks and the surrounding communities.

Acting TANAPA Commissioner for Conservation, Musa Juma, promised the minister to work on her directives to ensure his organisation succeeds in its endeavour.

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