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 Journalists trained to enhance reporting skills

 Journalists trained to enhance reporting skills

JOURNALISTS Environmental Association of Tanzania (JET) has engaged and trained 25 journalists on how to report issues related to wildlife conservation, trafficking and poaching in the country.

The scribers include early and mid-career Tanzanians who were trained in a two-day workshop organised in Dar es Salaam through zoom platform.

JET Executive Director Mr John Chikomo said the workshop funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the 'Tuhifadhi Maliasili' (Preserve Natural Resources) Project aimed at promoting effective and consistent oversight by the media on reporting wildlife conservation, trafficking and poaching, contributing to their improved use for the public good in Tanzania.

"The workshop is part of the implementation of the project Tuhifadhi Maliasili funded by the USAID. It seeks to promote effective and consistent oversight by the media on reporting wildlife conservation, trafficking and poaching, contributing to their improved use for the public good in Tanzania," he said.

Mr Chikomo said the trained journalists will this month be assigned to visit protected and wildlife corridors to survey and report various stories related to wildlife conservation, trafficking and poaching.

He said "Tuhifadhi Maliasili" (Preserve Natural Resources) is a five-year activity, which aims to address threats to animal movement and biodiversity in Tanzania. The project was launched in Dodoma, October this year.

The $30.5m was launched by the Government of United States through USAID to help build institutional capacities of both public and private stakeholders, increase private sector engagement in biodiversity conservation and natural resources management as well as improving the policy, regulatory, and enabling environment for biodiversity conservation and natural resource management.

Tanzania is one of the world's mega biodiversity countries; both ecologically and biologically, with over 55,000 confirmed species. The country has one of the 15 highest numbers of endemic species, and the 12th greatest number of bird species.  It is a home to one-third of total plant species and 20 percent of the large mammal species in Africa.

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