Dr Ladislaus in green overall, removes giraffe snare from a tree
In Ms Lendii, Mr Hurt has found an excellent example of an international hunting income produced-graduate who like others before her returned to manage the African wildlife that supported their studies.
“Ms Sally Capper met a young lady in North Tanzania in 2004, Ms Gladys Lendii , who impressed her,” said Mr Hurt explaining how Ms Lendii was chosen as a beneficiary of the Project Noah nature conservation study programme. “Sally contacted my wife Pauline and myself and we agreed to sponsor Gladys . Gladys has in turn become an important lecturer at the College of African Wildlife Management Mweka and Pauline and I have always been very happy that we sponsored her.”
For Mr Hurt the draw-card to sponsor Ms Lendii out of all the young Tanzanians was “her enthusiasm for wildlife and habitat conservation and her understanding that human populations living in wilderness areas need to benefit financially from the resource (wildlife), if they are to be encouraged to conserve wildlife and wild habitat,” said Mr Hurt.
- The far-reaching benefits of international hunting revenue continue to be felt in Tanzania as one of the beneficiaries of Project Noah, Dr Ladislaus Kahana is making a significant contribution not only to wildlife education but also to wildlife conservation.
“My family members, village community and friends most of them through my influence, have started planting trees/ woodlots for soil protection and bring back the nature destroyed through land clearing for farming, tree cutting for firewood and charcoal burning,” said Dr Kahana, who is a senior lecture at College of African Wildlife Management Mweka. “The hunting community residents from Tanzania who used to be poachers but no longer poach because they are now enjoying the social economic benefits from hunting include the Waikoma, Wakurya, Waisenyi, Wananta and Wangoreme tribes that border the Ikorongo /Gurumeti Game reserve in the western part of Serengeti National Park.”
Dr Kahana said that “our neighbouring Kenyan communities should be allowed to benefit from the international hunting” so that they too can achieve the ultimate goal of wildlife and habitat conservation.
Amid the widely shared observations that an attempt to ban international hunting would fail the UN goal to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) by 2030, both Dr Kahana and Ms Lendii have supported these sentiments.
The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
“If international hunting is banned, the UN 2030 sustainable goal will never be achieved,” said Dr Kahana. “This is because the funds that are accruing from the international hunting and used to support various projects in the villages such us water supply, dispensary and school construction will no longer be there.”
About the writer: Emmanuel Koro is a Johannesburg-based international award-winning independent environmental journalist who writes extensively on environment and development issues in Africa