Tuesday, 24 September 2013

National Elephant Day: Walk for Elephants

 Students from Jitegemee High School (JKT) leading the walk during the National Elephant Day on 22nd September 2013

Anti-poaching stake holders from various institutions taking part in the National Elephant Day walk held on 22nd September 2013 from the University of Dar es Salaam.
A famous artist and anti-poaching activist Mrisho Mpoto (Mjomba) cheering other stakeholders during the walk.

WWF-Tanzania's Asukile R. Kajuni - Deputy Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) Policy Coordinator together with other stakeholders participating in walk during National Elephant Day, 22nd September, 2013


WWF-Tanzania’s Country Director Mr. Bell’Aube Houinato (second right) and the other stakeholders posing with Ivory confiscated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism during the National Elephant Day.

WWF-Tanzania’s Country Director, Mr. Bell’Aube Houinato delivering a key note speech during the National Elephant Day on the 22nd September 2013 at the Mlimani City Conference Center.


Executive secretary of Mbarang’andu Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Mr. Ally Kombo contributing in the National Elephant Day conference.

Leaders of the National Elephant Day event in a group photo.

Credit: All Photos by Laura George of WWF TCO

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Tarmac Road Construction on the Mafia Island


Construction of tarmac road from Utende to Kilindoni town on the Mafia Island will see the first 15 km of tarmac road in the Island

WWF Mafia Team

From Left is Paul Kugopya, Aisha Mohammed and Renatus Rwamugira

Monday, 16 September 2013

Local Government Participation in Fisheries Management

Under EU-WWF Fisheries Co-management, everybody is responsible to bring about changes. Above are the participants of seminar on Beach Management Units (BMUs) roles and responsibilities and the values of managing fisheries resources held in Kilwa September 11, 2013. The seminar brought participants from Council Management Team, Councillors, Police Force, Judiciary and BMU leadership to chart out the ways of improving fisheries management.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Anti-poaching walk

Anti-poaching activists carrying placards with various messages against poaching arrived in Dar es Salaam yesterday after walking more than 800 km for about 22 days from Arusha. Poaching is not only aTanzanian problem, but is everywhere in Africa and the rest of the world, elephant being the most victimized wildlife. According to http://african.howzit.msn.com/8-facts-about-elephant-poaching website,  Elephant populations are declining at a staggering rate. In the decade between 1979 and 1989, their numbers fell from 1.3 million to 600,000 - more than half. Today it is estimated there are as few as 400,000 elephants roaming the wild. Despite a global ban on ivory trade in 1989, numbers keep declining. In 2011, between 17,000 and 25,000 elephants were killed and on average at least 50 elephants are killed every day. Two thirds of the world’s forest elephants were killed in just the past ten years. According to WWF, “Tens of thousands of elephants are killed every year for their ivory tusks, which are made into everything from knickknacks to souvenirs,” Picture credit:  Pascal Shelutete facebook.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

25 Minutes from Mafia Island to Songosongo Island




The above pictures show the seascape of the area between Mafia Island and Songosongo Island in the waters off the southern coast of Tanzania which, according to WWF, is rich in marine life – coral reefs, mangrove forests, fish, marine turtles, whales and many other species. Is part of the Rufiji-Mafia-Kilwa Seascape which harbour the highest levels of coral and fish biodiversity in the region including 400 species of fish. The area is also known for its natural gas richness.



Monday, 9 September 2013

WWF Mafia BMU Verification in Progress

BMU leaders from Jojo and Banja villages in Mafia listen tentatively to the presentation by Mafia Fisheries Co-management Officer, Paul Kugopya during the EU-WWF Fisheries co-management Project BMU verification exercise which took place early July 2013.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Local processing of sardine in Mafia

Sardine is one of the fish species found within the Rufiji-Mafia-Kilwa Seascape. The above pictures show local sardine processing in the Mafia Island ready for packaging and marketing inside and outside Tanzania 

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Awareness massages on Fisheries Co-management in Mafia

Fisheries co-management is perceived to be one of the most effective ways of managing fisheries resources for sustainable development of the same. Above are WWF's Rufiji-Mafia-Kilwa Seascape posters carrying different co-management messages in Mafia.  

Friday, 6 September 2013

Mangrove in Mafia

Mangrove planting is another way of coastal environment conservation for the betterment of today and future generations. Above is subsection of mangrove planted in Mafia Island to serve this purpose .