Sunday, January 12, 2014

Saudi Princess set for Serengeti wildlife park field experience

Saudi Arabia Princess Haifa in Serengeti last year
Saudi Arabia Princess Haifa Bint AbdulAziz al Mogrin is set to participate a conservation youth conference scheduled in Africa’s famous Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania mid-this month.
The forthcoming Youth Forum will bring to Tanzania, a section of youths engaged in nature conservation leadership initiatives, focusing on Biodiversity Conservation.
Princess Haifa has been impressed by wildlife miracles and secrets of nature in Serengeti National Park during her field visit to the park late last year.
The Saudi Princess then preferred Serengeti National Park to be a host for the youth forum, basing on the park’s abundance of wildlife resources, officials from Tanzania National Parks said.
“It is unbelievable, I used to read about Serengeti through various literatures but today I am overwhelmed from what I can see here. It is my first time in Africa and particularly in Serengeti and I don’t regret at all in coming here” Princess Haifa was quoted saying.
She said that though the Youth Forum that was organized jointly by Tanzania National Parks and the Saudi Arabian Government will be held in Tanzania’s northern tourist city of Arusha, the youths attending the forum will have to visit Serengeti National Park for three days and have a field experience by visiting various conservation projects in the Serengeti such as the Rhino Management Program; Wild dogs Re introduction Project as well as Lion and Hyena Research Projects.
The Youth Forum on Biodiversity Conservation will be held from 17 to 28 this month and will be attended by youths from both Tanzania and Saudi Arabia.
While in Tanzania, the youth delegates will have an opportunity to visit some of the wildlife institutions in this country including the College of African Wildlife Management Mweka on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro; Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute in Arusha city; Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Mount Kilimanjaro National Park.
The Princess who is the coordinator of the forum, said this forum is taking place for the first time in Africa and Tanzania was chosen to host the forum due to its historical background and commitment in protecting wildlife natural resources supported by the peace and security prevailing in the country.
The main theme of the Forum is “Construction and Implementation of the Regulatory Framework for Biodiversity Conservation” and will involve about 50 youths from both Tanzania and Saudi Arabia who will have an opportunity to interact and discuss on the future of biodiversity conservation in the two countries.
The youth forum is an initiative by Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz for dialogue among the forums worldwide under the program Saudi International Youth Dialogue Forums.
These forums provide the platform for Saudi youth to interact with their peers from different countries, while adopting their creative initiatives and solutions under various themes.
SOURCE; By Apolinari Tairo, eTN Tanzania Correspondent | Jan 10, 2014

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