On Monday, March 30, the Authorized Association Consortium (AAC) of Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) kicked off a 2-day Constitution and Strategic Plan Workshop at the Kurasini Training and Conference Centre in Dar es Salaam. At the opening of the workshop, Acting Wildlife Director Herman Kerario expressed gratitude to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for its longstanding support for WMAs in Tanzania. Pictured is a token of appreciation, a custom beaded Maasai rungu stick and Maasai cloth, presented to USAID Deputy Office Director for Economic Growth Randy Chester by Chairman of Enduimet WMA Komolo Simel.
The AAC is an important platform for discussions on how to advance the cause of the community-owned and managed conservation areas called WMAs. USAID has supported WMAs in Tanzania since 1998, through policy and institutional development and implementation in areas with critical wildlife habitat.