Arusha to host world heritage conference

TANZANIA is set to host the mentoring and world heritage meeting jointly organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA).

The high-profile meeting, which is slated to take place later next month in Arusha region, brings together experts on conservation matters from around the world.

Briefing reporters here on Friday, a Natural Sciences expert with the UN agency Kelvin Robert disclosed that Tanzania has been honoured to host the conference, thanks to its demonstrated commitment and efforts in implementing the UNESCO world heritage mconvention of 1972.

Tanzania’s decision of being one of the earliest countries on the continent to ratify the convention also gave the country the upper hand to host the meeting, according to the UNESCO official.

“This is an important platform to showcase Tanzania’s prowess in the field of conservation,” he insisted.

Mr Robert further pointed out that through the meeting, the world will get to know how the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) has maintained its World Heritage Status, 63 years later.

According to Mr Robert, the conference will also present the participants to take stock of the convention achievements and examine the challenges of implementing them.

Senior Assistant Commissioner of Conservation with NCAA Joshua Mwankunda, on his part, laid out plans of increasing public awareness and knowledge on the benefits of conservation to the country.

Tanzania is a country which encompasses an extraordinary history and an abundance of natural wonders; therefore it is no surprise Tanzania has eight World Heritage Sites.

These chosen sites are a fundamental reminder why interaction between people and nature must achieve a balance of preservation and conservation between the two.

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