TRAINING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PARK MANAGERS
The College of African Wildlife Management (CAWM), Mweka was established in 1963 following the Arusha Manifesto of 1961. The manifesto, which was proclaimed by Julius K. Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania, highlighted, among other conserva- tion commitments, the need for trained manpower to protect and manage Africa’s natural heritage. The College’s mandate comes from the Tanzanian Act of parliament No. 8 of 1964 when it was a pioneer institution for wildlife management training in Africa. It has been a leader in this field for the past 47 years.
The College, was established to train wildlife professionals of Eng- lish speaking African countries (Anglophone countries). It was established to provide experts in African wildlife management, conduct research and to provide consultancy services in areas of management and conservation of African wildlife. The mission of the College is to be a centre of excellence in training research and consultancy in African wildlife management. The College provides high quality training in wildlife management and con- servation to meet the demand of African wildlife organizations.
TRAINING PROGRAMMES CAWM, Mweka offers diverse programmes to suit various needs of the conservation sector in Africa. The College offers both long-term progress and short-term courses, from both 3-year studies and post-graduate courses in Wildlife manage- ment to shorter courses in addressing topical issues in wildlife management and tailor-made short courses in wildlife man- agement. Short courses include Protected areas planning and management, Ecotourism planning and management, Wildlife law-enforcement, and Wildlife crime intelligence and investiga- tions. Some courses are taught by the College in collaboration with other organizations such as Lusaka Agreement Task Force, Tanzanian Police Force, IUCN and Conservation International.
The demand for the wildlife conservation training has increased to include francophone African countries and Portuguese speak- ing countries. An example of a recent outreach programme is in Angola where park managers were trained in conservation plan- ning, resources inventories and anti-poaching tactics.