What is unique about Tanzania

Tanzania

Tanzania's ecosystems and wildlife are important worldwide. More than a quarter of the country's area is under protection. This makes the Tanzanian system of protected areas one of the largest and most impressive in the world. Tourists visiting Tanzania's natural wonders promote the Tanzanian tourism sector, which is responsible for one sixth of the gross national product and creates numerous jobs across the country.

The long-term preservation of the protected areas is, however, at risk. Poachers and loggers are penetrating deeper and deeper into the protected areas. On-site mining and infrastructure projects are often given priority over resource protection, also because the people there benefit too little from the income from tourism. The protected area administrations are too weak to effectively counter these threats. That is why Germany supports the Tanzanian partners in maintaining biodiversity in cooperation with international nature conservation organizations.

KfW Development Bank concentrates on the two UNESCO-recognized world natural heritage areas, the Serengeti National Park and the Selous Wildlife Sanctuary. KfW is helping to better equip the protected area administrations overall by supporting the introduction of new management instruments and financing new infrastructure and equipment. In the peripheral zones of the protected areas, KfW is promoting the construction of public infrastructure in the communities and the designation of usage zones in which residents can hunt and cut wood sustainably.

Project information - Biodiversity (PDF, 192 KB, non-accessible)