TANZANIA (eTN) – Strengthening cooperation with Tanzania for conservation of wildlife and protection of biodiversity, the German government has signed a financial agreement to support protection and conservation of biodiversity in the Serengeti ecosystem and the Selous Game Reserve, two of the biggest conserved wildlife parks in Africa.
Under the German and Tanzania development cooperation agreement signed Thursday in the Tanzanian capital city of Dar es Salaam, the Federal Republic of Germany will provide financial assistance amounting to 10 million euro to support sustainable management of the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania’s tourist circuit.
Through the signed technical cooperation agreement, Germany will support Tanzania with 7 million euro directed to health and tourism development.
At the same time, measures will be implemented to reduce wildlife poaching, which has dramatically escalated over the last years and has led to a substantial reduction of the elephant population.
Germany is also planning to contribute to the projection and construction of a Southern Serengeti bypass road.
The signed agreement is the outcome of bilateral negotiations on a development cooperation between Germany and Tanzania which concluded on Thursday, August 13, 2015, in Dar es Salaam.
Germany committed US$177 million for cooperation programs to be implemented between 2015 and 2017. Two additional agreements on technical and financial cooperation covering a total commitment of US$18.9 million were also signed. An emphasis was put on supporting the Tanzanian health system.
Germany will, in particular, assist Tanzania in developing a sustainable health financing regime, which provides better access to health services for the poor.
In addition, as part of a special program entitled “Health in Africa,” which intends to support the efforts of African partner countries to achieve sustainable improvements in their health systems, the Federal Republic of Germany will be making US$14.5 million in funding available next year.
Germany will also continue its support to the water sector in Tanzania with the ultimate aim of providing access to clean and safe drinking water and sanitation for all by providing policy advice and investing in cost-efficient infrastructure with a particular emphasis on reaching the poor.
Furthermore, Germany will assist Tanzania in tapping its renewable energy potential, including geothermal, in order to meet the G7 commitment to increase renewable energy supply in Africa. This is complemented by a program for strengthening capacities in resource governance.
German ambassador to Tanzania, Egon Kochanke, said Germany has been committed to support Tanzania in various social and economic areas through a strong partnership existing over the past 50 years. The total German support to Tanzania under the signed agreement is US$210 million.