Serengeti residents trained to conserve the environment to boost tourism


The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) continues to make an impact in the area of Civil Society Capacity strengthening, this time as far as in Serengeti District.

Some residents in the district have just benefited from a capacity building training aimed at boosting cultural tourism and environmental conservation. Serengeti is one of the most famous Tanzanian wildlife-rich districts. The move seeks to unveil key economic opportunities of tourism that can be tapped by low-income earners’ groups in a bid to uplift their living standards.

“Our aim is to help the communities realize their potentials and make good use of available resources while conserving the environment,” says Mr. Joshua Nyansiry, the Executive Director of SCC during the sidelines of the training workshop held in the district. He says about 36 participants from various villages of Serengeti have benefited from the capacity building training and look forward share the acquired skills with their communities.

“FCS has become our first partners on this awareness drive and we expect to have some revived art of sustainable conservation,” says Mr. Nyansiry who is also a native and resident of Serengeti District.

Mr. Lameck Nyasagati, from the Tobora Water Users’ Association in Serengeti welcomed the capacity building training and described it as significant step towards development of tourism sector in the district. Largest portion of Serengeti is a game protected area including the world’s most famous Serengeti National Park (SENAPA).

“You can’t have sustainable tourism without good environment in place and this workshop has set a good example on what should be done in our district,” the 53 – year old man said shortly after attending the workshop. 

Nyasagati is one of Serengeti villagers who have lately been in the frontline to sensitize his fellow villagers to engage in conservation activities and stop human activities that cause environmental threats.

On her part, Ms. Easter Maswi (48) says she now stands a better chance to do something for the development of cultural tourism in the area after attending the training workshop.

“Already am an entrepreneur and with the training I have received I will help many other women to establish small scale economic projects that are friendly to environment,” says Ms. Maswi who is a mother of nine children from Nyamoko village a few kilometers from Mugumu town.

Government environmental experts are also optimistic that the training would boost environmental conservation campaign in the district.

“This is a wakeup call to stakeholders in making them participate in conservation and tourism activities,” says Mr John Landoyan, a senior official at the Serengeti District Council Natural Resources and Tourism Department.

Mr. Landoyan who took part to facilitate the training says the organisation (SCC) will also use the opportunity to set up a strategic plan aimed at boosting environmental conservation and tourism in the area.

SCC plans to extend the programme in the more parts of Serengeti district depending on the availability of resources, according to Mr Nyansiry. “This is just the beginning and our target is to reach the entire district of Serengeti,” says  Mr. Nyansiry.

SCC is a Civil Society Organisation registered in 2011 and since then it has been striving to boost environmental conservation and cultural tourism in Serengeti. The district has unbeatable large plains blessed with a variety of beautiful fauna and flora including the great migration of wildebeests’ migration.