Tanzania National Parks Authority

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Tanzania National Parks Authority
Mamlaka ya Hifadhi za Taifa Tanzania  (Swahili)
Tanzania National Park Authority Logo.jpg
Government Agency overview
Formed 1959
Type Parastatal
Jurisdiction 17 National Parks
Headquarters Arusha, Tanzania
Motto Sustainable Conservation and Tourism Excellence
Employees 2200 (2015)
Minister responsible
Government Agency executive
  • Allan Kijazi, Director General
Website Agency website
The entrance to Gombe Stream National Park.

The Tanzania National Parks Authority commonly known as TANAPA is responsible for the management of Tanzania's national parks. TANAPA is a parastatal corporation and all its income is reinvested into the organization. It is governed by a number of instruments including the National Parks Act, Chapter 282 of the 2002 and the Wildlife Conservation Act No. 5 of 2009.[1] TANAPA manages the nation's 17 National parks which covers approximately 15% of the land area and has the mandate to conserve and manage the wildlife in Tanzania, and to enforce the related laws and regulations in this industry. It manages the biodiversity of the country, protecting and conserving the flora and fauna. The organization does not have a mandate over the game reserves such as the Selous Game Reserve which is managed by the Tanzanian Wildlife Division and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area managed by the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority.[2]

The Arusha Manifesto gave the initial foundation for the expansion of the Tanzanian National Park authority and an increase in protected areas in the country, as of December 2015 parks, reserves and conservation areas cover about 14% percent of the land.[2] Currently TANAPA is governed by the National Parks Ordinance Chapter 282 of the 2002 and manages 17 national parks.[3]

National Parks[edit]

The Ruaha National Park Entrance
The Mikumi National Park Entrance

TANAPA manages 17 national parks covering an area of 57,024 km2 (22,017 sq mi) approximately the land area of Croatia. TANAPA is responsible for the following parks:[4]