For Immediate Release: November 13, 2017
Arusha, Tanzania – Safari Club International Foundation and the United Republic of Tanzania are hosting the 15th meeting of the African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF) from 13-17 November in Arusha, Tanzania. The forum is an annual meeting of government officials, professional hunting associations, universities and non-governmental organizations to openly discuss wildlife conservation and management issues.
Representatives from the governments of Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, are in attendance, along with the professional hunting associations of Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The forum officially opened on Tuesday, 14 November, with remarks from Tanzania’s Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, the Honorable Dr. Hamisi A. Kigwangalla, as relayed by Permanent Secretary Major General Gaudence Milanzi.
“Tanzania is committed to hunting, and will continue to advocate it as a means to support conservation and community livelihood,” said Permanent Secretary Major General Gaudence Milanzi. “I am confident that this forum will create a platform for hunters and conservationists to share knowledge and experience on sustainable utilization of wildlife in Africa, raise public awareness at the regional and international level on the contribution of hunting in conservation and community livelihood, develop urgent actions to secure viable populations of elephant, lion, leopard and other wildlife species for the benefit of present and future generations, and forge more cooperation among countries that advocate hunting.”
“We strongly believe in a cooperative approach to wildlife conservation in Africa,” said SCI Foundation President Warren Sackman. “AWCF provides a unique opportunity to openly consult on multi-lateral issues among African wildlife managers and stakeholders.” Major topics of the meeting will include African lion and leopard research and management, human-wildlife conflict, community-based conservation, and international policy.
Tanzania recognizes that hunting contributes significantly to conservation, tourism, job creation, and sustainable development, especially in rural areas. AWCF is a venue to showcase the numerous conservation and socio-economic benefits of hunting.
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