Tanzania: Tawa to Auction 75 Hunting Blocks Electronically

THE Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) has lined up 75 hunting blocks for auction.

The areas with game animals are set to go under the hammer through an online auction, the conservation agency announced on Saturday.

Such blocks are located within Game Reserves, Game Controlled Areas and Open Areas and will be auctioned from January 12 this year, an exercise that will last for seven days.

According to a statement availed by TAWA to the media yesterday, the blocks have been categorized in two groups, where 26 of the hunting blocks’ tenure will commence immediately after the auctioning exercise in 2022, while the second group, which comprises of 49 blocks and whose tenure will start in January next year.

“Eligible hunting companies can be allocated up to five hunting blocks each, which shall be of different categories,” clarified the statement.

According to the Wildlife Conservation Act, no person shall be considered for allocation of a hunting block unless he has a company registered with the Registrar of Companies within Tanzania intending to engage in the hunting of animals.

The company also needs to have at least one of the Directors to have five years- experience in wildlife-based business and conservation in Tanzania.

The Act further stipulates that the tenure of ownership of hunting blocks to be 10 years for Category I and II hunting blocks and 15 years for Category III hunting blocks, whereas the Minister responsible for Tourism and Natural Resources, shall on the fifth year of the tenure of ownership of a hunting block, determine the continuity of the tenure.