TOURISM stakeholders have rooted for gender mainstreaming to realise conservation goals, community wellbeing and human rights.
An Assistant Director of Administration with the Natural Resources and Tourism Ministry, Violeth Mlinga, said here midweek that gender mainstreaming plays a key role in environmental management, particularly addressing environmental challenges.
“There’s an urgent need of increasing awareness on the participation of all people in the protection and conservation of wildlife and natural resources,” observed Ms Mlinga, while opening a workshop on enhancing gender equality in conservation activities.
By enhancing gender equality, visibility is given to women’s roles in managing the environment and actively engages them in conservation efforts, she said.
According to Ms Mlinga, it also improves the effectiveness of projects by incorporating gender-informed analysis of the actors and drivers of illegal wildlife trade.
“Therefore, this gathering serves as an ideal platform this workshop is an ideal platform of improving gender equality in development of the conversation activities and combating poaching,” explained the Director of Administration attached to the Tourism and Natural Resources docket.
So common has become a tendency among conservation agencies of bestowing upon men the responsibilities of safeguarding the country’s natural resources, while locking out women, according to Ms Mlinga.
“We cannot achieve conservation success without a diversity of women,” she said.
A decade ago, a wave of poaching and illegal ivory trafficking swept across Africa causing a decline of African elephants.
Poaching accounted for more than half of Tanzania’s elephant population between 2009 and 2014.
For his part, UNDP Tanzania head of programme, Amon Manyama said human rights and gender complimented each other in the development agenda.
He further underscored the importance of gender equality in conservation issues.
The workshop was jointly organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism and a host of other organisations with a view of enhancing gender equality in anti-poaching crusade.