DAR ES SALAAM, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Monday the government will continue to reinforce conservation of wildlife, forests and anti-poaching for future generations.
Hassan said the conservation of wildlife was vital in efforts aimed at promoting the east African nation's tourism industry which was now picking up at greater speed.
"And the conservation of forests will hugely help in climate change mitigation efforts," she said in an address televised live by state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation to mark 60 years of the establishment of the iconic conservation landmarks of Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Speaking at Fort Ikoma in the Serengeti ecosystem, Hassan said President John Magufuli has consolidated wildlife conservation efforts by creating six more national parks within four years of his administration, bringing to 22 the total number of national parks in the country, covering 35 percent of land earmarked for preservation.
Germany, one of Tanzania's leading conservation partners, committed 8.5 million Euros (about 9.4 million U.S. dollars) to support conservation efforts.