Livelihoods opportunities can prevent poaching in Tanzania: UNDP chief

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Helen Clark with Tanzania Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda. UNDP@PHOTO

The poaching and illicit trade in wildlife in Tanzania can be combated if people in rural areas of the East African country are given more opportunities for development.

That's what Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) told reporters in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday as she concluded her visit to the country.

Ms Clark spoke about the need to tackle the problem of poaching in Tanzania where elephants are killed for their tusks.

"The solution to the poaching process lies in a number of areas. As long as people are poor there will be people tempted to be paid by poachers. So dealing with rural development, livelihood opportunities is going to be a very very critical part of combating this trade here and anywhere else."

Ms Clark said other measures to combat poaching include the training and equipping of rangers.

Over the weekend she participated in a conference on stopping wildlife crime and promoting conservation.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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