THE 5TH SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN TANZANIA: MAN AND BIOSPHERE RESERVES
The National Environment Management Council (NEMC) is holding the 5th scientific conference on environmental sustainability: Man and Biosphere Reserves. The conference is held in Arusha, a Region with good number of Biosphere Reserve activities and Tourism in the country. The scientific conferences aim at bringing together resource persons from local and International levels, who will make presentations on different aspects that relate to Biosphere Reserves and environment. The Conferences are normally being held to provide fora for Experts to meet and exchange knowledge and experience on various environmental research issues national-wide. However, there have been spasmodic fora, which targeted only scientists and researchers to present various research works such as:- Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (June 2013), Kihansi Catchment Conservation Area (July 2017) and Implementation of National Environmental Research Agenda (2017 – 2022) in July 2018.
Therefore, the first National-wide scientific conference was held in September 2004 in Dar es Salaam City and it discussed issues of agriculture, environment and poverty reduction. The second conference was held in Kilimanjaro January 2006 and discussed on climate change and environment; the third was on coastal and marine ecosystems in 2007 and was held in Dar es Salaam; while the fourth was held in Mwanza in August 2009 and discussed issues of mining and Environment.
2.0 Scientific Conference of 2019: Man and Biosphere Reserves
The 5th Scientific Conference is focusing on “Man and Biosphere Reserves in Tanzania: Conservation for Sustainable Development”. It will also discuss challenges associated with protection, conservation and management in Biosphere Reserves.The Conference will bring together Expert presenters from local and International levels who will give presentations on environmental conservation in protected areas especially in Biosphere Reserves. The Conference aims at discussing issues of environmental conservation in Biosphere Reserve areas. The conference has been scheduled to take place in Arusha City considering that the Northern Circuit is represented by two Biosphere Reserves (Serengeti-Ngorongoro na Ziwa Manyara) which also attract tourism in the country.
3.0 Objectives of the 5th Scientific Conference
The Conference has the objective of providing a forum for researchers, industry, regulators, policy makers, academia, practitioners and NGO’s among others to discuss and exchange views and experiences on how best to ensure sustainable BRs and also make sure that resources in the Biosphere Reserves are used sustainably as per requirements of laws and regulations. The specific objectives are as follows:
§Provide an opportunity for stakeholders in Man and Biosphere Reserves to present scientific papers and exhibitions on sustainable conservation of Biosphere Reserves;
§Provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to discuss challenges and environmental issues related to BR for the purpose of formulating recommendations on relevant management actions;
§Encourage national, regional and international networking: on BR and environment.
§Facilitate the documentation of current scientific knowledge and experiences through publication of quality scientific papers, proceedings and other means of information dissemination and sharing; and
§Raise public awareness on the importance of BR conservation for sustainable environment and socio-economic development.
4.0 Environmental Challenges facing Biosphere Reserves
There are a number of challenges related to conservation, management and protection in biosphere reserves. The major challenge associated with BRs is ensuring sustainability and integrating environmental and social concerns into BR development in the country. The following are the shared issues facing countries with Biosphere Reserves in Tanzania:-
§Population increase and expansion of settlements:
§Expansion of land for agricultural activities and other socio-economic activities; and
§Increasing environmental and social concerns in the biosphere reserves that pose threat to both environment and livelihoods of communities living in the neighborhood.
5.0 Preview of scheduled presentations across different sub-themes.
A brief statement of content of each theme:
a) Conservation aspects and challenges
ii)Health, safety and diseases;
iii)Climate change impacts (mitigation and adaptation);
iv)Information, communication and awareness;
v)Restoration of degraded land/areas;
vi)Conflicts on resource use and management;
vii)Planning, modeling and monitoring; and
viii) Unsustainable extractive industries.
b) Policy, legal and Institutional Frameworks
i)Policy development and regulatory requirements;
ii)Coordination and implementation of policies; and
iii)Compliance and Enforce
c) Socio-economic aspects
i) Employment opportunities;
ii) Cultural, gender and youth engagement;
iii) Traditional/indigenous knowledge;
iv) Resources use and management; and
v) Stakeholder involvement in conservation.
d) Sustainable financing mechanisms and strategies
i) Branding and value addition (marketing) and ii) Financing.
e) Water Resources Management
i)Water resources, importance and impacts;
ii)Water conservation (re-use and recycling);
iii)Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) studies; and
iv)Hydrological studies of BR landscapes.
f) Conservation and industrialization nexus
i)Impacts from industrial pollution and ii) Prospects and opportunities.
6.0 Conference Outputs
We also expect to have a number of tangible outputs are expected from this Conference. These include:
§Priority issues identified and recommendations for further actions including policy advice; and
§Priority areas for research.
Space will be available for various organizations, programmes, projects, NGOs and private companies to avail and promote their activities, products and services related to Man and Biosphere Reserves: Conservation for Sustainable Development.
8.0 Conference fee and mode of payment
The Conference Fee is T.shs. 250,000/= and should be paid as follows:-
NEMC Bank details:-
Payee Name: National Environment Management Council
NMB Bank House Branch: 20110024189
CRDB: Tower (HQ Office): 150005055800
For control number (Conference Participation Fee Payment) please contact the following numbers from Account’s Section: 0677069967 or 0754265673
For further details regarding the conference contact the following addresses:-