Wildlife Division (Tanzania)



The Wildlife Division's role is to prevent poaching of wild plants or animals, and ensuring law enforcement. It focuses on applied research concerning biodiversity conservation and environmental protection, and carries out conservation education programmes and training of wildlife management staff. Wildlife Managements Areas (WMAs) are inter-village associations or Community Based Organisations (CBOs) promoted by the government of Tanzania through the Wildlife Division. They are situated in tracts of villages or districts which are rich in wildlife and other natural resources, and which have been set aside to be conserved and managed by communities. The financial benefits accrued by WMAs are supposed to flow back to the communities to support management of resources and alleviate poverty. WMAs areas have high potential for REDD+.