Tanzania: Reform of the Hunting Industry in the Making

Tanzania Sunset

After years of controversial public debates on the reform of block allocation and fee structure in the hunting industry the Tanzanian Government published new regulations at the beginning of February. All hunting blocks will be allocated in a new system for the period of 2013 to 2018. The number of blocks in the country  has been increased from 158 to 190, and all of them have been graded into five classes according to their quality.

The hunting areas will be advertised and  companies can apply. The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Ezekiel Maige told a press conference in Dar es Salaam that no decisions on allocation have been taken yet: “Let me clear rumors doing the rounds that the Minister had allocated some hunting blocks already. I am a man of integrity and value transparency and accountability,” said Maige.

The Minister however said the Tourist Hunting Regulations of 2010 have categorized hunting blocks in accordance with grade points whereby category I has 24 blocks hunting permit fee $60,000, category II has 95 blocks and its hunting fee is $30,000.  Others include category III with 18 blocks of  a hunting fee of $18,000, whereas in category IV with 8 hunting blocks attracts a fee of $10,000 and the last category with 8 blocks the hunters will have to pay a fee of $5,000.  According to the minister, the grading has been done in accordance with the species and number of animals to be hunted and the diversity of flora and fauna. Its accessibility in terms of terrain and infrastructure from Dar es Salaam, reliable water supply and the scope of human activities are other factors taken into consideration, according to Minister Maige.

Until now the blocks of category I were only $27,000 US$ a year and until a few years ago all blocks were given out for only $7,500 US$ each per year.

Director of Wildlife Erasmus Tarimo revealed that for the hunting season that began in July 2010 to-date, the government has generated $36 million as direct fee.  He said applicants who are Tanzanians are required to produce a bank bond of guarantee to the tune of at least $300,000 and for a foreign owned hunting company a bank bond of $1,000,000 is required as a guarantee.

It can be expected that TAHOA, the Tanzanian  Hunting Operators Association, strongly opposes the new fee structure and will use its political influence to modify it. With fixed prices fort he blocks and no tendering process it remains unclear upon which criteria the allocation to companies will be based. Many Tanzanian hunting companies are owned by the families of former or present politicians and influential personalities. In the past the pressures upon the Director of Wildlife to allocate blocks to such companies has been strong.

Written by: Rolf Baldus

Original source: http://www.africanindaba.co.za/

AFRICAN LION SURVEY FOR MALAWI

Mr. Joseph H. Hosmer,

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to you and Dr. Phillipe Chardonnet, personally, for raising lion survey funds and sending Dr. Pascal Mesochina to Malawi to undertake the survey.

Dr. Pascal Mesochina and staff of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife worked together and successfully completed the Malawi lion survey, whose report is to be produced.  I am aware that a presentation at the 2010 Safari Club Internationalmeeting held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe,  was made.  Unfortunately, Clement Mbota, who was appointed to attend the meeting failed to travel.  Furthermore, I was also unable to travel to the 2011 Safari Club International meeting in Reno, Nevada, USA, due to budgetary problems.  Either Clement Mbota or myself will endevour to attend future meetings.

I have just recently written to Mr. George Pangeti in Zimbabwe to request him to consider assisting Malawi to conduct a wildlife survey (census) of Nyika National Park (northern park zone), whose outcome might assist in decision making for future resource utilization.

I and my Department are extremely grateful for the growing relationship between SCI, IGF and us.

Yours sincerely,

L. D. Sefu.

Director of National Parks and Wildlife, Malawi

SCI Foundation Raises $205,000 for Wildlife Conservation!

Washington, DC – The Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) raised $205,000 for wildlife conservation through the sale of seven exclusive tags. The auctions for the conservation tags were held during the Safari Club International 2011 Annual Hunters’ Convention.

“I am truly excited to see the amazing response from SCI’s members for the 2011 Conservation Tags,” said SCIF President Joseph Hosmer. “These auction tags are one way SCI members directly contribute to the success of our sustainable management of wildlife in the United States. SCIF will continue to provide more conservation tags to the SCI membership, and thus increase our on-the-ground conservation funding for years to come!”

The 2011 conservation tags included: Arizona Chairman’s tag hunt for Rocky Mountain elk for one hunter, donated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe Wildlife & Outdoor Recreation; Navajo Nation special Rocky Mountain mule deer tag donated by the Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife; Navajo Nation desert bighorn sheep tag donated by the Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife; 2011 Pennsylvania Conservation Elk Tag; 2011 Alaska Governor’s Tok Management Area Dall sheep permit; Montana Blackfeet Reservation bighorn sheep tag; and the Wyoming Governor’s 2011 Shiras moose license.

The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000 or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded the Seal.

Original posting source: http://www.theoutdoorwire.com/