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Tanzania Presents Forest Ecotourism Services to African Countries: Reports

© Photo Twitter / @FAOAfricaThe 24th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC24) in Tanzania, October 30 -November 3.
The 24th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC24) in Tanzania, October 30 -November 3. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 04.11.2023
On October 30 – November 3, Tanzania's northern city of Arusha hosted the 24th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC24). About 300 representatives from at least 53 African states gathered at the event to discuss forest and wildlife management policy and "to coordinate its implementation at the regional level."
Tanzanian ecology tourism services with a focus on natural forest reserves were presented to African states by Tanzania during the 24th session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC24), which took place in the East African country, local media reported.
Participants of the AFWC2024 tried this type of tourism during a special tour to Randilen Wildlife Management Area in the Tanzanian Monduli district and Meru Usa Forest Plantation in Arusha.

"Delegates immersed in management of forest plantation, beekeeping, community forestry and wildlife, human wildlife conflict and game viewing," said the official AFWC24 account on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Deputy Director in the Forestry Department of Tanzania's Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Daniel Charles Pancras revealed that currently people living near natural forest reserves of the East African country are receiving training on how to take part in ecological tourism and carbon trading.
"Various firms have already started negotiations with the government through a number of institutions to see how local residents can be initiated into the lucrative business of carbon trading in sync with the protection of natural resources," Pancras was quoted by the media as saying.
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In addition, the deputy director highlighted that in order to make sure that the locals could take advantage of the protected areas via tourism, carbon trading, beekeeping, and butterfly trading, several programs were launched.
Moreover, Deputy Director of the Forest Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Ewald Rametsteinerthat emphasized the importance of wildlife in forest conservation and the protection of natural resources, according to the report.

"This is the only continent which has an assortment of forests and wildlife, something which is more defined in the sub-Saharan African region," Rametsteiner said.

Furthermore, speaking about conservation efforts, he underlined that it is necessary to do the right thing and not just undertake what is enough like numerous other states, the media said.
"Forests are essentially carbon fixing factories, so preserving them is helping the world to clean its atmosphere from harmful gases," he reportedly said, adding that conservation of trees appears to be beneficial for local communities.
The AFWC24, which brought together 300 delegates from at least 53 African states, was held in Arusha from October 30 to November 3.