Technical Report: Uvinje Village and Saadani National Park, Tanzania

Case Study Report: Uvinje Village and Saadani National Park Tanzania

 

Alejandra Orozco-Quintero

 

May, 2014.

This project has been funded by, The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) through the Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction Canada-Africa Research and Learning Alliance Project. And by The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) through a Doctoral Research Fellowship Award

DISCLAIMER

The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction Research Project (PAPR) and the International Development Research Center (IDRC).

Citation: Orozco-Quintero, A. 2014. Case Study Report: Uvinje Village and Saadani National Park, Tanzania. PAPR Working Paper No. 15.

 

 

 

Introduction

The Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction Canada-Africa Research and Learning Alliance (PAPR) is a 5 years project seeking to address the challenges of reducing rural poverty and ensuring environmental sustainability through a focus on protected areas (PAs) and adjacent communities in Canada, Tanzania and Ghana.

The project supports research and learning in four main areas: costs and benefits of protected areas (PAs), managing human-wildlife interactions, PA governance, and knowledge mobilization among researchers, communities, agencies and practitioners. This document is a summary of research conducted by Alejandra Orozco, a researcher from the Coastal and Ocean Resource Analysis Laboratory, Geography Department, University of Victoria. This research snapshot is a component of the PAPR sub-project: Environmental Change in Coastal Protected Areas: The Role of Knowledge, Institutions and Multi-level Governance in Adaptive Capacity[1].

Case Study and Research Background

Uvinje is a small coastal sub-village adjacent to the Saadani National Park located approximately 8 km from Saadani Village. Officially gazetted in 2005, the Saadani National Park (SNP) is comprised of about 1100 km² of biologically diverse grassy and forested savannahs, marine, riverine and wetland ecosystems; SNP is also connected to similarly socially diverse surroundings comprised of 17 villages and numerous sub-villages with long-standing connections to the terrestrial and marine environments.

Research data were collected during a 12 month period between 2012 and 2013 in 13 villages adjacent to the Saadani National Park. SNP’s 17 adjacent villages are officially recognized and with functioning governing structures, including Saadani, Buyuni, Mkwaja, Mikocheni, Mkange, Kwakibuyu, Gendagenda, Mbulizaga, Mkalamo, Kwansisi, Mkange, Gongo and Matipwili, where the research took place. This research brief documents the various developments in the promotion and support to conservation in the Saadani landscape and the importance of governance and institutional interplay in the conservation of lands and resources. Conservation interventions in the Saadani landscape have taken place since the mid-1960s, but it is only recently that state-managed conservation has become a growing concern among the villages adjacent to the park.

At present, at least four of the park’s adjacent villages are engaged in advocacy to demand from park and higher level authorities that the park boundaries be reassessed. Of all the 17 villages, however, it is Saadani village itself—the village after which the park was named—where the stakes are perhaps highest: two of its coastal sub-villages’ lands have been gazetted as park lands. Saadani villagers’ eviction from the gazetted coastal lands has not come to fruition, despite the decade long establishment of the park. This summary elaborates on Saadani village’s role in conservation and the particular land dispossession status of Uvinje, one of its coastal sub-villages.

The present data analysis suggests such evictions have not taken place in part because of the sub-villages’ strong leadership and collective assertions and in part because, there seem to be considerable problems with the arguments put forward to have had these sub-village lands gazetted as part of the national park. The primary data, collected from Saadani and 12 other villages adjacent to SNP, comes from group and key informant interviews with village and sub-village level decision-making bodies, and former and current leaders; community elders; Park authorities; and environmental agencies at the district and regional levels. The data also includes primary and secondary spatial data analysed using ArcGIS, and analysis of documents.

1. Grassroots Environmental Stewardship and the Saadani Game Reserve (SGR)

1.1 Establishing the SGR

Data from interviews and historical village documents illustrate the nature of involvement of Saadani village and sub-villages (among which Uvinje is one) in the establishment of the first conservation venture in the Saadani landscape. In early 1965, while Saadani villagers were involved in collective decision-making and other institutional activities at the village centre, they received the unexpected visit of the then Director of Wildlife, Mr. H.S. Mahinda, who was passing by on his way to Tanga. After learning who he was, Saadani villages leaders approached him to request support to protect the wildlife that was being indiscriminately killed by outsiders.

The leaders’ bold step led to the establishment of the first conservation venture in Saadani, the Saadani Game Reserve[2]. As such, the proposed Saadani Game Reserve (SGR) became operational before the 1970s and was officially gazetted in 1974[3]. Managed by the Wildlife Division Department (WDD) over the next three decades, the reserve became of interests to the Tanzania National Park Conservation Authority (TANAPA) as a unique prospective place for a coastal national park in the 1990s, which led to TANAPA intervening in the drawing of a SGR map, and to the subsequent establishment of the Saadani National Park (which included the reserve) in 2004. While being managed by the WDD, the SGR enabled the establishment and strengthening of multi-level institutional interactions between conservation agencies (in particular the WDD) and conservation-minded village organs, and facilitated the launching of mutually beneficial conservation and resource management activities between Saadani village and the WDD, as numerous documents of the time attest to[4].

1.2 Spatial Features of the SGR

The total extent of SGR is said to have been approximately 209km²[5], however, the online version of the SGR official gazette document states that it was comprised of approximately 300km²[6], while some of TANAPA’s official documents indicate it was 260km²[7]. Spatial analysis conducted as part of the present research suggest that the total game reserve area was of about 200Km2 (see maps below for an illustration of the game reserve maps and spatial analysis conducted). Unfortunately the official SGR gazette does not include a map, and describes the reserve boundaries using only some prominent land features and some vague descriptions of the location of the reserve boundary beacons[8].

Figure 1 below shows the various maps made of the reserve, including the one produced during the present research using the description provided in the official game reserve gazette document. In this map are also included the location of two remaining SGR beacons (See Figure 4), whose position was recorded using GPS and whose location coincides with elders’ accounts of the original location of the game reserve boundary. These various maps of the SGR, including the one done through research commissioned by the Ministry of environment, directly indicate that Uvinje sub-village coastal lands have never been part of the SGR. This data, however, contradict the map developed by TANAPA, also shown in Figure 1, a piece of evidence which the agency has used[9] to argue that the sub-village coastal land was part of the reserve and that as such it has been included as part of the National Park.

The vagueness of the language used in the reserve’s official gazette, but also TANAPA’s early interventions to develop its own map of the reserve, and its interests in Saadani’s sub-villages’ prime coastal lands have come to challenge Saadani’s coastal sub-villages’ rights to lawfully inhabit their traditional territories, and have led to chronic political and other battles to demand presently gazetted park lands rescinded, the reestablishment of land rights to traditional inhabitants, and to multiple requests to TANAPA to honour commitments made earlier by WDD.

1.3 The wildlife division’s overall approach to conservation

What emerges from the analysis of SGR historical reports, from independent research data on the game reserve (published in 1996)[10], from the historical village documents, and from interviews with elders’ conducted for this research is that the reserve only included a small strip of beach land of 2.5 km in length, which was located north of Saadani village, from Mvave river up to Kijitokombe river (Kijitokombe river also demarcates the south boundary of Uvinje sub-village lands). Moreover, the data describes the Wildlife Division’s efforts to give equal priority to community needs as it did to the conservation of wildlife populations, its focus on enabling coastal villages to build capacity to address the potential in tourism, and to honour villagers’ rights to territories for habitation and to benefits from conservation.

With the exception of a couple of in-land sub-villages whose location was right at the heart of the proposed game reserve area (Tengwe being one of the sub-villages), the SGR managers made no requests to have coastal villages’ settlements disoccupied or relocated, for the purposes of using beach lands. In fact, in a 1970 annual SGR report, signed by H.S. Mahinda, the game reserve efforts in addressing community capacity development and in supporting villages’ developments for engagement in tourism management are stressed[11]. The Wildlife Division, and particularly Mahinda’s approach to respecting village lands rights and to asserting tourism through community development is further corroborated by interviews data with villages’ elders, who repeatedly coincide in affirming that tourism and other development was to be aligned with the wishes of the village leadership and to be sensitive to villages’ socio-economic needs. Eventually, achievements in institutional interactions among the SGR authorities and village leaders, the building of trust through regular consultations and collective wildlife management endeavours, and progress in ecological conservation together led to an increasing interest in the further expansion of the 200 km² of reserve land to include Mkwaja South area (94.05 Km2) then owned by Amboni Plantations, a former cattle ranch which had been set aside as a potential wildlife-rich forest reserve[12].

2.The establishment of Saadani National Park

Analysis of official documents and qualitative data both suggest that the level of awareness of environmental conservation in the villages around SNP led to the establishment of Saadani Game Reserve and then continued to bolster it. In the late 1990s, the unique natural and geographic features of the Saadani landscape motivated TANAPA to engage in cross level interactions with various agencies and organizations[13] to establish the Saadani National Park. It was not only the successes in early interactions between villages and the WDD but also the many promises by TANAPA of conservation benefits and of collaborative planning and management which eventually influenced the ceding of other village lands by Matipwili, Saadani, Buyuni, Mkwaja, Mkange and Kwamsisi. These areas, together with the SGR, Mkwaja Ranch (North and South), Zaraninge forest reserve, the Rezaba coastal area, the West of the railway Saadani-Mkange area, and the Wami river area were gazetted in 2004 as part of the SNP.

See Figure 2 for TANAPA’s versions of the SNP maps, as the official park gazette document does not include the total park area and is bereft of an official map, including only a number of geographic coordinate points to describe the extent and limits of the park. Although, by law, setting aside areas for conservation has to be consulted on, at least to some extent, with affected villages, it was not until late in 2005 that the village of Saadani and leaders of its Uvinje sub-village realized that the full extent of Uvinje’s lands were gazetted as part of the park. This despite numerous communications taking place since the early 2000s where village leaders continuously reiterate that Uvinje lands have never been a part of the reserve and that they will not vacate their lands[14]. Important park establishment documents illustrate that TANAPA’s argument for gazetting lands from two Saadani coastal sub-villages is that they have always being part of the former game reserve[15], an argument that seem to have allowed them to move forward gazetting the coastal lands without coming to an agreement with the leaders at that time, who have reiterated that they did not agree to giving coastal lands to TANAPA. A quick assessment of TANAPA’s main argument that such coastal sub-villages lands were part of the former reserve and its action to gazette the lands without consultation, however, do not hold up for two primary reasons.

The first is that despite the vague language used in the reserve’s official gazette, it is clear enough in the gazette that the reserve borders didn’t extend all the way to the beach[16] (see SGR Gazette document attached). In addition, there were multiple statements and communications from Saadani leaders clearly expressing their refusal to have Uvinje’s coastal lands included as part of the park. Second, because of the numerous legislative changes that initially allowed village populations to remain within reserves and that later prescribed that villages were to be located outside reserves boundaries, demanded that TANAPA go through meaningful engagement with these sub-villages and the Saadani Village authorities to have their land included as part of the park. However, of all the park establishment documents so far accessed, none includes any type of consultation to get Saadani’s approval to have coastal lands included as part of the park; they just convey that villagers have been made aware of the need to be relocated.

2.1 Public participation and Saadani Park lands

Throughout TANAPA reports, public participation is said to have been an essential component in the establishment of the park[17]. Minutes from the District Board at the Ward and District levels provide descriptions on TANAPA’s arguments on the nature and importance of the park and share details of inputs from village, division, ward, district and regional authorities on the importance of proper compensation, shared benefits, clearly defined and collectively agreed upon boundaries and on the attention to community needs as well as those of wildlife[18].

Although the official park establishment reports include various details on park-villages interactions, none of them is specific in terms of proposed geographic coordinates or descriptions of park lands to border communities. In this regard, and despite TANAPA’s numerous assertions on multi-level engagement with various stakeholders, both village and district level communications and TANAPA’s park establishment records, document recurring issues with: placement of park boundary beacons within village territories[19], disregard of regional authorities’ direction on boundary limit to the south side of the park (Wami River), non-transparent compensation and unilateral decision-making on location and extent of park lands[20].

2.2 In the name of conservation or for the sake of having Prime coastal lands

TANAPA’s fixation with Saadani’s prime coastal areas and particularly with Uvinje’s territory is evidenced through the village’s numerous communications to district and national level authorities, and the media. These written manuscripts, including media releases, detail: ·the persistence of TANAPA authorities that Uvinje’s lands have always been part of Saadani Game Reserve, which to village elders dishonoured previous agreements with the WDD that respected the sub-village’s land rights[21]; the violations of Uvinje villagers’ basic rights, perpetrated in two different occasions during 2002 where a contingent of game wardens and later of the police force invaded Uvinje’s territory and houses, without warrants, under allegations of criminal activity but found nothing to support/make formal accusations[22]; Uvinje’s resistance to intimidation and to a District commissioner’ threats of forceful eviction, because of their regard towards collective welfare, their historic territorial connections, and role in enabling conservation[23]; the reiterated arguments from Uvinje villagers that they have no problems with the park[24], that they have never being part of SGR, nor that they will come to agree to abandon their traditional territory to give way to TANAPA giving away their land to investors, despite various intimidation tactics by TANAPA[25].

Persistent efforts from leaders at the village and sub-village levels eventually led to intervention from district level authorities and the then member of Parliament Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (at present Tanzania’s president), who committed to protect Uvinje’s land rights[26]. In spite of Mr. Kikwete’s declaration, and the support, at different periods in time, from District and Regional level authorities[27], TANAPA has taken no action to reassess the gazetted park lands, but to the contrary has persisted in its efforts to evict villagers from Uvinje’s now gazetted prime coastal land. These efforts have included making announcements on the availability of funds for compensation of Saadani villagers for a total of 200 million shillings[28], which has brought division and conflict among longstanding residents, the creation of at least two different lists of compensation claimants alleged to be from Uvinje[29], and persistent lobbying to village, district and higher level supporters to have the villagers finally removed from the currently gazetted coastal strip.

2.3 Spatial control versus environmental governance

Interview data and numerous official documents prepared by TANAPA as well as letters released by district and regional authorities and village governments both predating and subsequent to the establishment of the park, describe the struggles between TANAPA and various adjacent villages. These include, for instance, the assertions and actions by Uvinje sub-village to have its land rights recognized and their land ownership reinstated, and the struggles of Porokanya sub-village, whose villagers have, more recently, been made aware by TANAPA on the need to relocate, because it also, apparently, had its lands gazetted as part of the park. Overall, the documents relate to:

1.Boundary/land conflicts with adjacent communities, which include:

  • Disputes over the area south of Wami River, whose territory was suggested – by Regional authorities – to remain outside park territory very early in the consultation processes, but ended up being gazetted;
  • Lack of clarity on park boundaries on the North side of Wami River, where Porokanya (one of Saadani’s coastal sub-villages) lands have been gazetted as park land without the knowledge of Saadani village organs;
  • The gazetting as park land of Uvinje sub-village’s coastal land without the permission of village and sub-village authorities, under the argument that it was already a part of the Saadani Game Reserve;
  • Boundary and related land conflicts with six of the villages over boundaries and territory that is assumed by one side to be part of the village and by the other side to be part of the park, and numerous problems along all Park borders because of ‘moving boundaries’;
  • Increasing restrictions to what are considered village resources where villagers are penalized for using resources such as materials for construction from within village boundaries or from community conserved areas;
  • Misallocation of official permanent park beacons, which have been unilaterally placed within village territories despite the importance of involving village authorities; and
  • The multiplicity of park boundary layers and areas, which at various times have been assigned to Saadani National Park in official park docs and reports.

2. Institutional mismatches and conflicts, leading to:

  • Enmity and institutional antagonism fuelled by attempts at forced expropriation of sub-village territories, which are made despite District level assertions on the need for restitution and degazetting of village lands;
  • Unilateral planning of park management approaches and goals, affecting institutional interactions and collaboration to address conservation challenges, such as exponentially growing poaching;
  • Overdue and disregarded compensation disbursements for lands given to/taken by TANAPA, which become a burden to village institutional processes, engender cross-level conflicts and exacerbate poverty;
  • Institutional misfit for addressing the park’s challenges, where there are fundamental conflicts and contradictions between park rules and village by-laws, and between park approaches to the presence of villagers in park lands and to the primordial connections between villagers and what are now park territories;
  • Unilaterally established authority prerogatives, manifested through repeated incursions into village lands by park security personnel to identify poachers without engagement of village leaders, and unreported and unrequested trespasses into community conserved areas for unknown reasons;

3.Contested park management approaches, which:

  • Disregard economic and other losses from recurrent wildlife crop raiding events where wildlife disruptions go unaddressed, while entry into park territory by villagers and others is dealt with promptly;
  • Impose a draconian approach to land and wildlife protection, where it is prohibited and legally and physically punishable under the label of “poaching” to visit sacred areas and traditional settlements within park territory or to step into park lands regardless of actual infringement of park rules;
  • Generate uncertainty and suspicion towards park management decisions, because of unilateral actions on park-village boundaries demarcation (misallocation of park beacons) which have been placed within community lands; and
  • Sanction the ineffective, infrequent and isolated nature of the park Community Outreach activities, largely focused on presenting videos to schools without collaboration with or engagement in adjacent villages’ conservation or land use planning processes and leadership.

In summary, the SNP boundaries and lands have been officially contested by no less than 6 villages, while at least 4 adjacent villages are engaged in higher level advocacy to have park boundaries reassessed. Of all the villages involved in the research, it is Saadani which faces the greatest challenges on the gazetting of a large part of its coastal territory which, by all accounts, has been done unilaterally. Saadani is also the village with the largest strip of coastal land.

Figure 3 shows the approximate extent of former village territories (spatial layers accessed from online source[30], based on TZ 2002 National Census) and current portions of land remaining as villages’ territories adjacent to SNP. At present, and after more than a decade of institutional struggles, Uvinje sub-village has resisted TANAPA’s various approaches to take possession of the now sub-village’s gazetted territory and have consistently demanded that their land rights be restored, and continue to reiterate that they are not going to give their traditional territory for any amount of compensation money. Such community assertions and actions certainly challenge traditional conceptions of economic gain as the central motivation in park community-conflicts, and suggest that deeply rooted spatial-cultural territorial connections are as essential as and perhaps even more important to people’s collective welfare than material benefits.

To this day, park governance and management approaches have been unable to gain the support of surrounding villages, which traditionally have been very conservation minded, for addressing poaching and for collaboratively sustaining landscape level conservation efforts. All of which are desperately needed to combat the seven fold increase in poaching activity being faced by the park in the last seven years[31]. Figure 5 shows how no less than 10 of the 13 villages involved in the research have their own community-conserved areas, equivalent to no less than 20% of area identified as park lands.

Despite the level of environmental awareness of these adjacent villages and the importance of corridors and ecosystem connectivity to successful ecological conservation, the villages’ conservation efforts have not been linked to park efforts but at present represent a threat to park authorities. For park authorities, it is within villages’ conserved areas where more often than not poaching is seen to be taking place. Figure 4 shows the pictures of the still standing two remaining Saadani Game Reserve beacons. The beacons precise geographic location has been excluded, as it seems all of the other reserve beacons have been previously removed by park authorities.

 

Notes

  1. Environmental Change & Coastal Protected Areas: The Role of Knowledge, Institutions and Multi-level Governance in Adaptive Capacity is a comparative research project that explores spatial and Institutional dynamics in multi-level environmental governance in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver, Island, Canada and the Saadani National Park in Tanzania. For more info contact: Aleja@uvic.ca
  2. Adam Sururu. 1994. History of Saadani Village and Saadani Game Reserve Document. Saadani village document archives.
  3. The Wildlife Conservation. Games Reserves Order, Section 8. Official Gazette. G.N. No. 275 of 1974. & Village archive docs on history of the reserve.
  4. Saadani Game Reserve Reports from 1968, 1969 and 1970. Located at Game Reserve General Docs, Tanzanian National Archives.
  5. Tobler et al. 2003. The impact of cattle ranching on large-scale vegetation patterns in a coastal savanna in Tanzania. Journal of Applied Ecology 40:430-444. A journal article for which extensive spatial data analysis was carried out.
  6. The Wildlife Conservation Game Reserve Orders. Section 8. Official Gazette. G.N. No. 275 of 1974.
  7. Tanzania National Parks Report to Bagamoyo District Board on the proposition to establish a national park in Bagamoyo District. 2001 November 9. 3 leaf. Saadani village archives.
  8. Two game reserve beacons (posts demarcating the boundaries of the reserve) were located during the course of the research presented here. Based on elders’ accounts of the former reserve boundaries, Uvinje villagers’ identified two of these cement posts showing the boundary, which is vaguely described in the official gazette. These seem to be two of the few beacons that remain from the time of the reserve, as the other are said, according to community respondents from Saadani, to have been removed and piled up at SNP headquarters years ago.
  9. Minutes from the Bagamoyo District Board dated November 9, 2001, describes how discussions to consent to the establishment of the Saadani national park are guided by TANAPA’s report and “according to the map of the game reserve” also provided by TANAPA. It is during this meeting that the District delegates agree to upgrade the Saadani Game Reserve to a National Park. Park establishment documents, Saadani village archives.
  10. Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar Es Salaam. 1996. Environmental Evaluation for Tourism Development in the Saadani Game Reserve. Report Commissioned by the Wildlife Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.
  11. H. S. Mahinda. 1970. Saadani Game Reserve Development Progress Report for the year 1970. The report mentions the establishment of a village tourism board, to oversee tourism activities in the reserve, employment generation and youth training among other developments to support tourism and conservation.
  12. Pangani District Commissioner’s Office’s letter addressed to: Wildlife Division Executive. 1974 June 4th. 3 leaf. Located at Game Reserve General Docs, Tanzanian National Archives. The Mkwaja South area was added to the reserve around 1996.
  13. TANAPA. 2002. Proposal to Establish a National Park Document. Saadani Village Files. The documents mentions TANAPA’s activities in interacting with villagers and agencies at district, regional and national level to assess the feasibility of increasing the size and status of SGR to a National Park. These discussions were supported by and also included researchers and representatives from international organizations, including GTZ, WWF and Fondo per la Terra as prominent ones.
  14. Letter from Bagamoyo District Board on the Regional Commissioner’s visit to Uvinje, July 18, 2001. Letters from Uvinje Chairman to the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance & various District, Regional and National level authorities, July 10, 2002. Letter from Uvinje Chairman to the Bagamoyo District Commissioner & various District, Regional and National level authorities, March 1, 2003. Independent Daily Newspaper (Majira) report on Uvinje’s refusal to vacate their land, March 12, 2003.
  15. Proposal to Establish a National Park. Document prepared by TANAPA and presented to the Bagamoyo District Council, January 31, 2001. In it TANAPA clearly states that “the sub-village of Uvinje is located in the reserve illegally. A mistake was done by letting people live there and the population grew by the day”. In this same document TANAPA again says that “residents have been shown the need to vacate”4 leaf. Park Establishment Documents, Saadani village archives.
  16. In the GR gazette it is stated: “Commencing from the point where the Ruvu/Moyusi railway line crosses the Mligaji river the boundary follows the north side of the said river downstream to the Indian Ocean; thence in a southerly direction along a cleared and beaconed line for approximately eight kilometres to a beacon situated about half a kilometre north of Saadani Village; thence following a cleared and beaconed line, leaving Saadani village and Marumbi salt-works to the east, in a south-easterly direction to the point where the Wami river enters the sea;”. By stating a “cleared beaconed line” it directly suggests the limit was not the Indian Ocean. Again considering that “Saadani and Marumbi salt-works are located to the East” and the boundary line is “following a south-easterly direction” suggests that the border line was inland rather than along the coast line. This same part of the gazette text also suggests that Porokanya sub-village is outside the reserve boundaries, because Porokanya’s location is north of Wami’s river mouth, right along the coast.
  17. Tanzania National Parks. Steps Taken to Establish SNP and Current Situation in Bagamoyo Report. The report indicates that the establishment has largely involved public participation through meetings, workshops and forums, where stakeholders/delegates were informed of and consented to the establishment of the park.
  18. Bagamoyo District Board Minutes 2001 and 2002. Matipwili and Saadani Village document archives.
  19. Matipwili Village Office Letter. Minutes to resolve disputes between Matipwili and the Saadani National Park, July 28, 2011. Park establishment documents, Matipwili Village archives. Interviews with leaders from villages connected to the Madete area also identified misplacement of park beacons and lack of engagement of village organs in boundary demarcation as challenges.
  20. Bagamoyo District Commissioner’ letter addressed to TANAPA, the Regional Commissioner & the then Member of Parliament Mr. J. Kikwete. Dispute between TANAPA and residents of Saadani, Matipwili-Java and Mkange villages, March 12, 2005. Park establishment documents, Matipwili village archives. This letters provides clear descriptions on the actions – and lack of accountability on the part of Bagamoyo District Leaders and the Saadani Park authorities- who have not addressed the multiple issues the villages have with the park on compensation, land usurpation and lack of transparency, including the issues of Uvinje sub-village.
  21. Adam Sururu. 2004. Account released to the media and authorities on: TANAPA’s harmful actions towards Uvinje sub-village. Uvinje village archives.
  22. Uvinje Chairman Letter to the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance. Is this oppression part of human rights and good governance in the country? October 7, 2002. Uvinje village archives.
  23. Uvinje Village Letter to Bagamoyo District Commissioner. Re: Report to vacate the sub-village and pave the way for animals or be forcefully evicted. March 1, 2003. Uvinje village archives.
  24. Minutes of a meeting of the residents of Uvinje, November 26, 2006. In this letter the Uvinje membership clearly states that they have no problems with the SGR being part of the park, but with their land being taken as part of the park. This minutes also describe the numerous grievances against TANAPA and lists their numerous appeals to various authorities.
  25. The Independent Daily Newspaper. Article: Villagers swear to die to protect the village. March 12, 2003.
  26. On March 21, 2003. Mr. Jakaya M. Kikwete visits Uvinje and commits to protect their land rights. Source: interviews and Uvinje village archives.
  27. Letter from the Bagamoyo District Commissioner to the Head of the Saadani National Park. Implementation of the Regional Commissioner’s instructions during his visit to the villages neighbouring SNP, December 1, 2006. This letter directly addressed to TANAPA describes clearly the Regional Commissioner’s orders that Uvinje residents should not be moved and that their land rights should be reinstated.
  28. Uvinje village letter to the Regional Commissioner. Re rumours about the millions of compensation for TANAPA where one was left dead in the fracas, June 22, 2004. Uvinje village archives. The letter elaborates on TANAPA’s approach to reach to residents of Saadani village, who are less involved and/or non-residents of Uvinje, to be included as compensation claimants, which has brought divisions between Uvinje and Saadani.
  29. An election ballot dating back to 1999, provides a list of the adult residents of Uvinje at that time. This list does not coincide with one of TANAPA’s list of Uvinje’s compensation claimants from June 9, 2004, all of which are not inhabitants of Uvinje. In a similar manner, subsequent lists of Uvinje compensation claimants provided by TANAPA after 2004, at different years, does primarily show people whose residence has never been located in the sub-village.
  30. Tanzania_EA_2002. GIS Database, Census Parameters, EA 2002. Product of FSDT made by digitization of paper maps of NBS 2002 Census. Available Online: http://www.tzgisug.org/wp/
  31. SNP Resource Security Annual Report, 2011-2012.

 

Taarifa ya Utafiti: Kitongoji cha Uvinje na Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Saadani Tanzania

Alejandra Orozco-Quintero

Mai, 2014.

Mradi huu umefadhiliwa na, The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) na the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) kupitia Mradi wa Utafiti wa Maeneo Yanayohifadhiwa na Upunguzaji Umasikini Kati ya Canada, Ghana na Tanzania na The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) through a Doctoral Research Fellowship Award    

Utangulizi

Utafiti na umoja wa kitaaluma wa “Maeneo ya Hifadhi na Upunguzaji wa Umasikini” kati ya Canada na Afrika ni mradi wa miaka 5 unaokusudia kuelezea changamoto za kupunguza umasikini vijijini na kuhakikisha uendelevu wa mazingira kwa kuangalia maeneo yanayohifadhiwa na jamii za pembezoni kwa nchini Canada, Tanzania na Ghana. Mradi huu unasaidia utafiti na kujifunza vipengele vikuu vinne: hasara na faida za maeneo yanayohifadhiwa, usimamizi wa utangamano wa watu na wanyama, usimamiaji wa maeneo yanayohifadhiwa, na upeanaji wa maarifa/elimu kati ya watafiti, jamii, mashirika na wataalamu. Kazi hii ni muhtasari wa utafiti uliofanywa na Alejandra Orozco, kutoka chuo kikuu cha Victoria kitengo cha Jiografia, Maabara ya kutathamini Pwani na Rasilimali Bahari. Utafiti huu ni sehemu ya mada ya mradi wa PAPR inayoangalia Mabadiliko ya Mazingira katika Maeneo ya Pwani Yanayohifadhiwa: Jukumu la elimu, Taasisi na Ngazi za Uongozi na Uwezo wa Kukabili.

Eneo la Utafiti na Maelezo ya Utafiti

Uvinje ni kitongoji kidogo cha Pwani pembezoni mwa Hifahi ya Taifa ya Saadani kilichopo umbali wa kilometa 8 kutoka Saadani kijijini. Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Saadani iliyotangazwa rasmi mwaka 2005, ina eneo lenye ukubwa wa kilometa za mraba takriban 1100 km² za mazingira ya nyasi, misitu ya savana, bahari, mto na ardhi oevu; hifadhi hii pia imeungana na jamii anuai za vijiji 17 na vitongoji mbalimbali vyenye uhusiano wa muda mrefu na mazingira ya nchi kavu na bahari. Data za utafiti zimekusanywa katika kipindi cha miezi 16 kati ya 2012 na 2013 katika vijiji 13 vinavyopkana na Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Saadani. Vijiji 17 vilivyo pembezoni mwa hifadhi ya Taifa ya Saadani finatambulika rasmi na vina muundo wa uongozi. Miongoni mwa vijiji hivyo ni Saadani, Buyuni, Mkwaja, Mikocheni, Mkange, Kwakibuyu, Gendagenda, Mbulizaga, Mkalamo, Kwansisi, Mkange, Gongo and Matipwili, utafiti ulipofanyika. Muhtasari huu wa utafiti unaelezea maendeleo katika ukuzaji wa uhifadhi katika eneo la Saadani ns umuhimu wa ushirikishwaji wa uongozi na taasisi katika uhifadhi wa ardhi na rasilimali. Ushirikishwaji wa uhifadhi katika eneo la Saadani ulianza kati ya miaka ya 1960, lakini hivi karibuni uhifadhi unaosimamiwa kitaifa umekuwa na umeongezeka umuhimu kwa vijiji vya pembezoni mwa hifadhi. Kwa sasa, angalao vijiji vinne miongoni mwa vijiji vya pembezoni mwa hifadhi vinadai kutoka hifadhini na mamlaka ya juu kuwa mipaka ya hifadhi itathminiwe upya. Hata hivyo, kati ya vijiji vyote 17, huenda kijiji cha Saadani (ambacho jina lake ndilo limeitwa hifadhi hii) ndicho chenye sehemu kubwa ya tatizo hili, vitongoji vyake viwili vya Pwani vimetangazwa kama sehemu ya eneo la hifadhi. Kuondolewa kwa wanakijiji wa Saadani kutoka kwenye maeneo ya Pwani yaliyotangazwa haujamalizika licha ya kupita takriban muongo mmoja tangu kuanzishwa kwa Hifadhi hii. Muhtasari huu unaelezea nafasi ya kijiji cha Saadani katika uhufadhi na kuchukuliwa kwa eneo la Uvinje ambalo ni miongoni mwa vitongoji vyake vya Pwani. Uchambuzi wa data unaonesha kuwa kuondoshwa huko hakujafanyika kutokana na uongozi imara wa vitongoji hivyo na madai ya pamoja na kwa upande mwingine inaonesha kuna matatizo na madai yanayotolewa kuvifanya vitongoji hivi kutangazwa kama sehemu ya Hifadhi. Data za awali zimekusanywa kutoka kijiji cha Saadani na vijiji vingine 12 vilivyopembezoni mwa hifadhi, kutoka kwenye mahojiano ya vikundi na mtu mmoja mmoja na vyombo vya ufanyaji maamuzi na viongozi wa vijiji wa sasa na wa zamani, waze wa vijiji, mamlaka ya hifadhi, na taasisi za mazingira kwa ngazi ya wilaya na mkoa. Data hizi piazinajumuisha tathmini ya data kutumia ArcGIS na tathmini ya nyaraka mbalimbali.

1. Uwakilishi wa Jamii wa Kimazingira na Pori la Akiba la Saadani

1.1 Uanzishwaji wa Pori la Akiba la Saadani

Data kutoka katika mahojiano na nyaraka za kihistoria za vijiji zinaelezea asili ya ushirikishwaji wa kijiji cha Saadani na vitongoji vyake (kikiwamo Uvinje) katika uanzishwaji wa shughuli za hifadhi katika eneo la Saadani. Mapema mwaka 1965, wakati wanakijiji wa Saadani walikuwa wakishirikishwa katika ufanyaji maamuzi wa pamoja na shughuli zingine za kitaasisi kijijini, walifikiwa na ugeni ambao haukutarajiwa wa aliyekuwa Mkurugenzi wa Wanyamapori wa wakati huo, bw H. S. Mahinda, aliyekuwa akipita njia kuelekea Tanga. Baada ya kujua yeye alikuwa ni nani viongozi wa kijiji walimfuata kumuomba usaidizi wa kulinda wanyamapori ambao walikuwa wakiuliwa hovyo na wawindaji kutoka nje ya kijiji. Hatua imara ya viongozi ilipelekea kuanzishwa mpango wa mwanzo wa uhifadhi Saadani, ambao ni Pori la Akiba la Saadani. Hivyo, Pori la Akiba la saadani lilianza kufanya kazi kabla ya mwaka 19870 na lilitangazwa rasmi mwaka 1974. Likiwa linasimamiwa na kitengo cha Wanyamapori kwa miongo mitatu iliyofuata pori hili la akiba miaka ya 1990 likaonesha umuhimu kwa Mamlaka za Hifadhi za Taifa Tanzania (TANAPA) kama sehemu iliyokuwa na uwezo wa kuwa hifadhi ya taifa iliyoko pwani, hii ikapelekea TANAPA kuingia kutengeneza ramani na baadae mwaka 2004 kuanzisha Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Saadani (ambayo ilikuwepo pia katika pori la akiba). Wakati ikiwa inasimamiwa na na Idara ya Wanyama Pori, Pori la akiba la Saadani liliwezesha na kuimarisha ushirikiano kati wa ngazi tofauti kiuongozi kati ya washirika wa uhifadhi hususan Idara ya Wanyamapori na viongozi wa jamii waliokuwa na fikra za kiuhifadhi, na likasaidia kuanzishwa kwa uhifadhi na usimamizi wa rasilimali uliokuwa na tija kwa pande zote mbili (kijiji cha Saadani na Idara ya Wanyamapori) kama ambavyo nyaraka mbalimbali za wakati huo zinavyoonesha.

1.2 Sifa za Pori la Akiba la Saadani

Ukubwa wa eneo la Pori la Akiba la Saadani linasemekana kuwa kilometa za mraba takriban 209, hata hivyo tangazo rasmi la pori hili lililoko kwenye mtandao linaeleza kuwa pori hili lilikuwa na ukubwa wa kilometa za mraba takriban 300, ambapo baadhi ya maelezo ya TANAPA yanaonyesha lilikuwa na kilometa za mraba 260. Tathmini iliyofanywa kama sehemu ya utafiti huu inaonesha kuwa eneo la Pori la Akiba lilikuwa na ukubwa wa kilometa za mraba 200 (tazama ramani chini kwa maelezo ya ramani ya pori la akiba na tathmini iliyofanywa). Kwa bahati mbaya tangazo rasmi la Pori la Akiba Saadani halioneshi ramani, na linaelezea mipaka ya pori hili kwa kutumia maumbile maarufu ya ardhi na maelezo hafifu ya sehemu yalipo mawe ya mpaka wa pori la akiba. Mchoro 1 chini unaonesha ramani kadhaa zilizoundwa na pori hili, ikijumuisha moja iliyoundwa wakati wa utafiti huu kutumia maelezo yaliyopatikana kwenye tangazo rasmi la pori la akiba. Katika ramani hii pia kuna maelezo yalipo mawe mawili yaliyobaki (angalia mchoro 4), sehemu yalipo imerekodiwa kwa kutumia GPS na maelezo ya sehemu yalipo yanaendana na maelezo ya wazee kuhusu eneo la mipaka ya pori hili la akiba. Hizi ramani tofauti za Pori la Akiba la Saadani, zinajumuisha moja iliyotengenezwa na utafiti uliofanywa na wizara ya mazingira, inaonesha moja kwa moja kuwa kitongoji cha Uvinje hakijawahi kuwa sehemu ya Pori la Akiba la Saadani. HAta hivyo, data hizi zinakanganyana na ramani zilizotengenezwa na TANAPA, pia zinaoneshwa katika mchoro 1, uthibitisho kuwa shirika hili limetumia kudai kuwa kitongoji cha Uvinje kilikuwa sehemu ya pori la akiba na hivyo eneo hili limejumuishwa kwenye hifadhi ya Taifa. Uhafifu wa lugha uliotumika katika tangazo rasmi la pori la akiba, lakini pia na kuingia kwa TANAPA kutegeneza ramani yake yenyewe ya pori hili la akiba na maslahi yake kwa kitongoji hiki cha Pwani vimetoa changamoto kwa haki ya kitongoji hiki kuishi katika mipaka yao halali na ya asili na imepelekea kuwepo na vita isiyoisha ya kudai eneo la sasa la hifadhi lililotangazwa kurudishwa nyuma, kuanzishwa kwa haki za ardhi kwa wakazi wakazi wa asili, na kushinikiza TANAPA kuheshimu makubaliano yaliyowekwa awali na Idara ya Wanyama Pori.

1.3 Mbinu za uhifadhi za Idara ya Wanyamapori

Kinachoibuka kutoka kwenye tathmini ya taarifa za kihistoria za Pori la Akiba la Saadani, kutoka katika utafiti huru juu ya pori hili (ulitolewa 1996)1, kutoka katika nyaraka za kihistoria za vijiji, na kutoka katika mahojiano na wazee yaliyofanywa wakati wa utafiti huu ni kuwa pori hili la akiba lilijumuisha sehemu ndogo tu cha ufukwe cha ukubwa wa kilometa 2.5 kwa urefu kilichokuwa kaskazini mwa kijiji cha Saadani, kutoka mto Mvave hadi Kijitokombe (Kijitokombe pia unatenga ardhi ya kitongoji cha Uvinje kwa upande wa Kusini). Zaidi, data hizi zinaelezea jitihada za Idara ya Wanyamapori kutoa kipaumbele uliolingana kwa kwa mahitaji ya jamii kama ilivyofanya kwa idadi ya wanyamapori, lengo lake la kuwezesha vijiji vya pwani kuelezea uwezo katika utalii, na kuheshimu haki ya mipaka ya vijiji kwa ajili ya kuishi na kufaidika na uhifadhi. Mbali na vitongoji viwili vilivyokuwa katikati ya eneo la pori la akiba lililopendekezwa (Tengwe kikiwa kimojawapo), wasimamizi wa Pori la Akiba la Saadani hawakufanya maombi yoyote kuwaondoa wakazi walioko katika maeneo ya Pwani ili yatumike. Kwa hakika, taarifa ya Pori la akiba la Saadani ya 1970, iliyosainiwa na H.S. Mahinda, imetilia mkazo jitihada za pori la akiba kuelezea uwezo wa jamii kuleta maendeleo kwa kushirikishwa katika utalii2. Lengo la Idara ya Wanyamapori na, na hususan Mahinda kuheshimu haki za ardhi za vijiji na kuimarisha utalii kupitia maendeleo ya jamii linathibitishwa na mahojiano na wazee wa vijiji, ambao wanasisitiza kuwa utalii na maendeleo mengine yalipaswa kuegemezwa kwenye matakwa ya uongozi wa vijiji na kuzingatia mahitaji ya vijiji kijamii na kiuchumi. Taratibu, mafanikio katika ushirikiano wa kitaasisi miongoni mwa mamlaka ya Pori la Akiba la Saadani na viongozi wa vijiji, kujenga imani kupitia mashauriano ya mara kwa mara na jitihada za pamoja katika shughuli za uhifadhi, na kuimarika kwa uhifadhi wa kimazingira umefanikisha kupanuka kwa ukubwa wa 200 km² eneo la pori kujumuisha eneo la Mkwaja Kusini (94.05 Km2) ambalo lilikuwa likimilikiwa na Mashamba ya Amboni (Amboni Plantations), ranchi ya zamani ya ambayo ilitengwa kama eneo lenye uwezo wa kuwa pori la wanyama3.

2. Kuanzishwa kwa Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Saadani

Tathmini ya nyaraka rasmi na data zinaeleza kiwango cha uwelewa wa vijiji vinavyozunguka Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Saadani kilipelekea kuanzishwa kwa Pori la Akiba la Saadani na kuendelea kuiimarisha. Mwishoni mwa miaka ya 1990s, maumbile ya kipekee ya kiasilia na ya kijiografia ya eneo la Saadani yalihamasisha TANAPA kushirikiana na mashirika mbalimbali4 kuanzisha Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Saadani. Haikuwa tu mafanikio ya uhusiano mzuri kati ya vijiji na Idara ya Wanyamapori lakini pia ahadi zilizotolewa na TANAPA za kuhusu mafanikio ya uhifadhi na upangaji mipango na usimamizi wa pamoja ndiyo ambayo taratibu ilishawishi vijiji vingine vya Matipwili, Saadani, Buyuni, Mkwaja, Mkange na Kwamsisi kuachia maeneo yao. Maeneo haya, pamoja na Pori la Akiba la Saadani, Ranchi ya Mkwaja (Kaskazini na Kusini), Hifadhi ya msitu wa Zaraninge, eneo la pwani Razaba, eneo la Saadani-Mkange magharibi mwa reli, na eneo la mto Wami yalitangazwa katika gazeti la serikali mwaka 2004 kama sehemu ya Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Saadani. Angalia mchoro 2, ramani ya TANAPA ya Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Saadani, kama taarifa rasmi iliyotangazwa kwenye gazeti la serikali, haijumuishi eneo lote la hifadhi na ina imekosa ramani rasmi, ina nukta kadhaa za kijiografia zinazoelezea ukubwa na mipaka ya hifadhi. Ingawa kisheria inahitajika kushauriana kutenga eneo kwa ajili ya hifadhi, angalao kwa kiasi fulani, ni hadi mwishoni mwa 2005 ndipo viongozi wa kijiji cha Saadani na viongoni wa kitongoji chake cha Uvinje walitambua kuwa eneo lote la Uvinje lilitangazwa kama sehemu ya eneo la Hifadhi. Licha yamawasiliano kadhaa ambayo yamekuwa yakifanyika tangu mwanzo wa miaka ya 2000 ambapo viongozi wa vijiji wamekuwa wakirudia kuelezea Uvinje haijawahi kuwa sehemu ya eneo la hifadhi na hawako tayari kuachia ardhi5 yao. Karatasi muhimu za uanzishwaji wa hifadhi zinaeleza kuwa madai ya TANAPA kutangaza maeneo ya vitongoji viwili vya Pwani vya kjiji cha Saadani kuwa vijiji hivi vimekuwa sehemu ya ya lililokuwa pori la akiba6, madai ambayo yameiruhusu kuyatangaza maeneo haya ya Pwani bila kufikia makubaliano na viogozi waliokuwepo wakati huo, ambao mara nyingi wameelezea kutokukubali kuyatoa maeneo ya Pwani kwa TANAPA. Tathmini ya upesi y amadai ya TANAPA kuwa vitongoji vya Pwani vilikuwa sehemu ya lililokuwa pori la akiba la kuyatangaza maeneo hayo katika gazeti la serikali bila kushauriana, haina mashiko kwa sababu mbili za msingi. Kwanza ni kuwa licha ya lugha hafifu iliyotumika katika tangazo rasmi la serikali la pori la akiba ni wazi kuwa mipaka ya pori hili haikupitiliza kufika ufukweni7 (tazama dokumenti ya Proi la Akiba la Saadani iliyoambatanishwa) kwa kuongezea, kumekuwa na maelezo na mawasiliano mengi kutoka kwa viongozi wa Saadani kuelezea kukataa Uvinje kuwekwa kama sehemu ya hifadhi. Pili, kwa sababu ya mabadiliko mbalimbali ya kiuongozi ambayo awali yaliruhusu wanajamii kubaki katika maeneo ya akiba na baadae kuainisha kuwa vijiji viachwe nje ya mipaka ya eneo la akiba, yanaitaka TANAPA kufanya kushirikisha vitongoji hivi na viongozi wa kijiji cha Saadani kuwekwa ndani ya eneo la hifadhi. Hata hivyo hakuna karatasi yoyote ya uanzishwaji wa hifadhi kati ya karatasi zilizofanyiwa tathmini inayoelezea mashauriano ya aina yoyote ya kupata idhini ya Saadani kuweka maeneo ya Pwani ndani ya hifadhi; yanaeleza tu kuwa wanakijiji wameelezwa haja ya kuondoshwa.

2.1 Ushiriki wa Jamii na Meneo ya Hifadhi ya Saadani

Katika taarifa zote za TANAPA, ushirikishwaji wa jamii unasemwa kuwa kipengele muhimukatika uanzishwaji wa hifadhi8. Mihutasari ya Bodi ya Wilaya katika ngazi za kata na wilaya zinatoa maelezo juu ya madai ya TANAPA juu ya asili na umuhimu wa hifadhi na ina maelezo kutoka katika mamlaka za vijiji, tarafa, kata, wilaya na mkoa juu ya ulipaji fidia unaostahili, kugawana faida na maamuzi ya pamoja juu ya mipaka iliyo wazi na inayozingatia mahitaji ya jamii na wanyama9. Ingawa taarifa za uanzishwaji wa hifadhi inajumuisha maelezo mbalimbali kuhusu mawasiliano ya kati ya hifadhi na vijiji, hakuna kati ya taarifa hizo inayoelezea mipaka maalumu iliyopendekezwa au maelezo ufafanuzi wa mipaka ya hifadhi na jamii. Kwa mtazamo huu, madai ya TANAPA kushirikiana na washirika mbalimbali, mawasiliano ya ngazi ya vijiji na wilaya na kumbukumbu za uanzishwaji wa hifadhi, karatasi hizo zinaeleza matatizo ya: uwekaji wa mawe ndani ya mipaka ya vijiji10, licha ya maelekezo ya mamlaka ya mkoa juu ya mpaka wa upande wa kusini (Wami River), hakuna utoaji fidia wa wazi na ufanyaji maamuzi ya eneo moja moja juu ya eneo na ukubwa wa eneo la hifadhi11

2.2 Katika Jina la Uhifadhi au kwa Ajili ya Kupata Maeneo ya Ardhi ya Pwani

Kung’ang’ania kwa TANAPA kuchukua maeneo ya pwani hususan eneo la Uvinje unathibitishwa na mawasiliano kadhaa yaliyofanywa na vijiji kwenda kwa viongozi wa wilay ana mkoa na vyombo vya habari. Maandiko haya ni pamoja na maelezo yaliyotolewa kwa vyombo vya habari:

  • Kusisitiza kwa uongozi wa TANAPA kuwa eneo la Uvinje ni sehemu ya Pori la akiba la Saadani, ambapo kwa viongozi wa kijiji, maelezo haya yanakinzana na makubaliano ya awali na Idara ya Wanyamapori ya kuheshimu haki ya ardhi12 kitongoji.
  • Uvunjwaji wa haki za msingi za wanakijiji wa Uvinje, uliotokwa katika matukio mawili tofauti mwaka 2002, ambapo kundi la watumishi wa hifadhi na baadae askari polisi kuvamia eneo la Uvinje na nyumba bila kibali cha upekuzi, kwa madai ya kufanyika kwa vitendo vya kihalifu, hata hivyo hakuna kilichopatikana kuthibitisha hayo madai13.
  • Upinzani wa Uvinje dhidi ya vitisho kutoka kwa Mkuu wa Wilaya vya kuondoshwa kinguvu, kwa sababu ya kujali manufaa yao ya jumla, eneo lao la kihistoria na nafasi yao katika kusaidia uhifadhi14.
  • Kurudiarudia kwa kwa madai kutoka kwa wanauvinje kuwa hawana tatizo na Hifadhi15, kuwa hawajawahi kuwa sehemu ya Pori la Akiba la Saadani, wala hawatakuja kukubali kuyatelekeza makazi yao ya asili na kutoa njia TANAPA kutoa ardhi yao kwa wawekezaji, licha ya mbinu mablimbali za vitisho zinazotolewa na TANAPA16. Jitihada za viongozi wa vitongoji na kijiji hatimaye zilipelekea uongozi wa wilaya na aliyekuwa mbunge wa wakati huo Bw Mrisho Jakaya Kikwete (kwa sasa ni Rais wa Tanzania) kuingilia ambao waliahidi kulinda haki17 ya ardhi ya uvinje. Licha ya kukiri kwa Bw. Kikwete na msaada kwa nyakati tofauti kutoka viongozi18 wa ngazi za wilaya na mkoa, TANAPA haijachukua hatua zozote kufanya tena tathmini eneo la hifadhi lililotangazwa katika gazeti la serikali, lakini kinyume chake imeendea na jitihada zake za kuwaondosha wanakijiji kutoka eneo la Pwani la Uvinje. Jitihada hizi zimejumuisha kutangaza kuwepo kwa fedha kwa ajili ya fidia kwa wanasaadani kiasi cha shilingi19 milioni 200, ambazo zimesababisha kutofautiana kwa wanakijiji na kuzuka kwa orodha mbili za majina ya wanaodai fidia kwa madai kuwa ni wakazi wa Uvinje20, kuingia kwa mara kwa mara kijijini, na kutaka msaada kutoka ngazi za juu za wilaya kuwaondoa wakazi wa Uvinje kutoka eneo hili la Pwani.

2.3 Kudhibit  eneo Spatial v/s Utawala/Uongozi wa Mazingira

Data za mahojiano na karatasi mbalimbali za kiofizi zilizoandaliwa na TANAPA pamoja na barua zilizotolewa na uongozi wa wilaya na mkoa na serikali za vijiji kabla na zilizopelekea kuanzishwa kwa hifadhi, zinaelezea mapambano kati ya TANAPA na vijiji mbalimbali vinavyopakana na hifadhi. Hii inajumuisha, kwa mfano, madai na jitihada za Uvinje kutaka haki za eneo lake zijulikane na kutambulika na kurudishiwa umiliki wa ardhi yao, na mapambano ya kitongoji cha Porokanya, ambacho wanakijiji wake hivi karibuni wamefahamishwa na TANAPA juu ya haja ya kuondoshwa, kwa sababu eneo hilo pia liko ndani ya eneo la hifadhi lililotangazwa na gazeiti la serikali. Kwa ujumla, dokumenti zinahusiana na: 1.Mgogoro wa arhi/mipaka na jamii za pembezoni, ambayo inajumuisha:

  • Migogoro juu ya eneo kusini mwa mto Wami, ambalo eneo lake lilipendekezwa na viongozi wa mkoa ibaki nje ya eneo la hifadhi mapema katika mashauriano, lakini eneo hili limeishia kuwepo katika tangazo lilitoka kwenye gazeti la serikali;
  • Kukosekana kwa uwazi juu ya mipaka ya hifadhi kwa upande wa kaskazini mwa mto Wammi, ambapo eneo la Porokanya (Kitongoji kimojawapo cha kijiji cha Saadani) limeingizwa katika tangazo la serikali kama sehemu ya eneo la hifadhi bila viongozi wa Kijiji cha Saadani kutambua
  • Eneo la Uvinje kuwekwa katika tangazo kama sehemu ya hifadhi bila idhini ya viongozi wakijiji wala kitongoji, cjhini ya madai kuwa kilishakuwa ndani ya eneo la Pori la Akiba la Saadani;
  • Migogoro ya mipaka na ardhi na vijiji sita vinavyopakana, maeneo haya kwa upande mmoja yanajulikan akama sehemu ya vijiji hivi na upande mwingine kama maeneo ya hifadhi, na migogoro kwa mipaka yote ya hifadhi kwa sababu ya kusogeza mipaka;
  • Kuongezeka udhibiti kwa rasilimali zinazojulikana kama ni za vijiji ambapo wanakijiji wanaadhibiwa kwa kutumia rasilimali hizi kama vile vifaa vya kujengea kutoka ndani ya mipaka ya kijiji au lutoka maeneo ya jamii yanayohifadhiwa;
  • Mawe ya kudumu ya mipaka kuwekwa sehemu isiyostahili, ambayo yamewekwa ndani ya maeneo ya kijiji licha ya umuhimu wa kushirikisha uongozi wa kijiji ; na
  • Mipaka ya hifadhi kuwa mingi na inayotofautiana, ambayo kwa nyakati tofauti imekuwa ikioneshwa katika dokumenti na taarifa za Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Saadani.

2. Kutoafikiana kitaasisi/ kiuongozi na migogoro na kusababisha:

  • Uadui na chuki za kiuongozi iliyochochewa na na majaribio ya kuchukuliwa maeneo ya kitongoji yaliyofanywa licha ya maazimio ya ngazi za wilaya juu ya haja ya kutengeneza upya mipaka mipaka ya vijiji;
  • Kutokuwa na ushirikishwaji kwenye utengenezaji wa mipango na mikakati ya usimamizi na malengo ya hifadhi ambayo yana athari kwa ushirikiano wa kiuongozi na ushirikiano katika kuelezea changamoto za uhifadhi kama vile ujangili unaokuwa kwa kasi ;
  • Kucheleweshwa na kutokulipwa kwa fidia kwa ardhi iliyochukuliwa na TANAPA, ambayo imekuwa mzigo kwa shughuli za kiuongozi za jamii, huchochea migogoro ya ngazi tofauti na kuzidihsa umasikini;
  • Kutokukubaliana kiuongozi kuelezea changamoto za hifadhi ambapo pana migogoro na utata kati ya sheria za hifadhi na sheria ndogondogo za vijiji, na maelezo ya hifadhi kuhusu uwepo wa jamii ndani ya mipaka ya hifadhi ya sasa na uhusiano wa muda mrefu ulipo kati ya wanajamii na maeneo ambayo sasa yanatambulika kama maeneo ya hifadhi;Uchukuaji wa hatua za kimamlaka pasina ushirikishwaji unadhihirishwa na vitendo vya kurudia vya walinzni wa hifadhi kuingia maeneo ya vijiji kuwatambua/ kuwakamata majangili bila ushirikishwaji wa viongozi wa vijiji, na kuingia katika maeneo ya hifadhi ya jamii kwa sababu zisizojulikana bila kutoa taarifa.

3.Njia za usimamizi wa hifadhi unaolalamikiwa, ambao:

  • Licha ya hasara za kiuchumi na nyinginezo zitokanazo matukio uharibifu wa mazao ufanywao na wanyama ambpo uvamizi wa wanyama hautolewi taarifa, ambapo kuingia katika eneo la hifadhi ni suala linaloshughulikiwa haraka sana;
  • Kutumia mbinu za kibabe kulinda ardhi na wanyama ambapo, ambapo ni kitendo kinachostahili adhabu kwa jina la “ujangili” kutembelea maeneo matakatifu na makazi ya kijadi/ kiasili ndani ya mipaka ya eneo la hifadhi au kuingia katika eneo a hifadhi licha ya ukiukwaji wa sheria hasa za hifadhi;
  • kuzuka kwa wasiwasi na mashaka juu ya maamuzi ya uongozi wa hifadhi, kwa sababu ya uwekaji wa mipaka usioshirikisha wanajamii (kuweka mawe ya hifadhi sehemu zisizostahili), ambayo imewekwa ndani ya eneo la jamii ; na
  • kuruhusu shughuli za ufikishaji elimu kwa wanajamii zisizo na ufanisi na zinazofanyika mara chache, kwa kiasi kikubwa inalenga kuonesha video mashuleni na vijijini bila kushirikiana na viongozi wa vijiji wanaohusika na mipango ya matumizi ya ardhi.

Kwa muhtasari, mipaka ya Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Saadni na ardhi inagombaniwa na vijiji visivyopungua 6, ambapo angalao vijiji vinne vya pembezoni vimezungumzia kwa kiasi kikubwa haja ya kufanyia upya tathmini mipaka ya hifadhi. Miongomi mwa vijiji vyote vilivyoshiriki katika utafiti huu, kijiji cha Saadan ndicho kinachokabili changamoto kubwa ya sehemu yake kubwa ya pwani kutangazwa kuwa iko ndani ya hifadhi, ambayo kwa namba yoyote ile imefanyika bila ushirikishwaji wa wanajamii. Saadani pia ni kijiji ambacho kina eneo kubwa zaidi kla ukanda wa Pwani. Mchoro 3 unaonyesha kadirio la eneo la awali la kijiji (imetengezwa kutokana na vyazo vya kwenye mtandao21, kutumia sense ya Taifa ya mwaka 2002) na vipande vya sasa vya ardhi iliyobaki kama eneo la kijiji pembezoni mwa hifadhi ya Taifa ya Saadani. Kwa sasa, na baada ya muongo mmoja wa mapambano ya kiutawala, Kiyongoji cha Uvinje kimepinga mbinu mbalimbali za TANAPA kuchukua eneo la kitongoji hiki ambalo sasa linatambulika kama liko ndani ya eneo ya hifadhi na mara kwa mara kudai kurejeshewa haki yao ya ardhi hii na kuendelea kusisitiza kuwa hwatatoa eneo lao la asili hata kwa kiasi chochote cha fidia. Madai na hatua hizi za jamii kwa hakika zinatoa changamoto kwa kwa fikra kuwa faida za kiuchumi ndio chachu kuu ya migogoro kati ya hifadhi na jamii na kuonyesha kuwa uhusiano uliota mizizi kati ya watu na maeneo yao ya asili ni muhimu pia au zaidi kwa watu kuliko manufa ay akifedha. Hadi leo, usimamizi na mbinu za uhifadhi hazijafanikiwa kupata usaidizi wa vijiji vinavyozunguka hifadhi, (ambavyo kiasili vimekuwa na fikra za kiuhifadhi), kwa kuelezea tatizo la ujangili na jitihada za kuendeleza uhifadhi kwa ngazi za vijiji. Hivi vinahitajika sana kudhibiti kuongezeka kwa ujangili katika kipindi cha miaka saba22. Mchoro 5 pia unaonesha vijiji visivyopungua 10 kati ya 13 vilivyoshiriki utafiti vina maeneo yao ya hifadhi za vijiji inayolingana na asilimia zisizopungua 20% ya eneo linalojulikana kama eneo la hifadhi. Licha ya kiwango cha utambuzi wa uhifadhi wa mazingira wa vijiji hivi vya pembezoni na umuhimu wa korido na kuunganika kwa maeneo ya mazingira ya wanyama kwa uhifadhi wa kiikolojia wenye mafanikio, jitihada za uhifadhi za vijiji hazijaunganishwa na jitihada za hifadhi na badala yake kuonekana kama tishio kwa mamlaka ya hifadhi. Kwa mujibu wa mamlaka ya hifadhi, ujangili mara nyingi hutokea katika maeneo ya hifadhi za vijiji. Picha ya 4 inaonesha picha za mawe mawili ya mipaka ya Pori la Akiba la Saadani ambayo bado yapo. Maeneo halisi ya kijiografia yam awe haya yameondolewa na inaashiria kuwa mawe mengine ya hifadhi yameondolewa na mamlaka ya hifadhi.

Notes

  1. Environmental Change & Coastal Protected Areas: The Role of Knowledge, Institutions and Multi-level Governance in Adaptive Capacity is a comparative research project that explores spatial and Institutional dynamics in multi-level environmental governance in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver, Island, Canada and the Saadani National Park in Tanzania. For more info contact: Aleja@uvic.ca
  2. Adam Sururu. 1994. History of Saadani Village and Saadani Game Reserve Document. Saadani village document archives.
  3. The Wildlife Conservation. Games Reserves Order, Section 8. Official Gazette. G.N. No. 275 of 1974. & Village archive docs on history of the reserve.
  4. Saadani Game Reserve Reports from 1968, 1969 and 1970. Located at Game Reserve General Docs, Tanzanian National Archives.
  5. Tobler et al. 2003. The impact of cattle ranching on large-scale vegetation patterns in a coastal savanna in Tanzania. Journal of Applied Ecology 40:430-444. A journal article for which extensive spatial data analysis was carried out.
  6. The Wildlife Conservation Game Reserve Orders. Section 8. Official Gazette. G.N. No. 275 of 1974.
  7. Tanzania National Parks Report to Bagamoyo District Board on the proposition to establish a national park in Bagamoyo District. 2001 November 9. 3 leaf. Saadani village archives.
  8. Two game reserve beacons (posts demarcating the boundaries of the reserve) were located during the course of the research presented here. Based on elders’ accounts of the former reserve boundaries, Uvinje villagers’ identified two of these cement posts showing the boundary, which is vaguely described in the official gazette. These seem to be two of the few beacons that remain from the time of the reserve, as the other are said, according to community respondents from Saadani, to have been removed and piled up at SNP headquarters years ago.
  9. Minutes from the Bagamoyo District Board dated November 9, 2001, describes how discussions to consent to the establishment of the Saadani national park are guided by TANAPA’s report and “according to the map of the game reserve” also provided by TANAPA. It is during this meeting that the District delegates agree to upgrade the Saadani Game Reserve to a National Park. Park establishment documents, Saadani village archives.
  10. Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar Es Salaam. 1996. Environmental Evaluation for Tourism Development in the Saadani Game Reserve. Report Commissioned by the Wildlife Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.
  11. H. S. Mahinda. 1970. Saadani Game Reserve Development Progress Report for the year 1970. The report mentions the establishment of a village tourism board, to oversee tourism activities in the reserve, employment generation and youth training among other developments to support tourism and conservation.
  12. Pangani District Commissioner’s Office’s letter addressed to: Wildlife Division Executive. 1974 June 4th. 3 leaf. Located at Game Reserve General Docs, Tanzanian National Archives. The Mkwaja South area was added to the reserve around 1996.
  13.  TANAPA. 2002. Proposal to Establish a National Park Document. Saadani Village Files. The documents mentions TANAPA’s activities in interacting with villagers and agencies at district, regional and national level to assess the feasibility of increasing the size and status of SGR to a National Park. These discussions were supported by and also included researchers and representatives from international organizations, including GTZ, WWF and Fondo per la Terra as prominent ones.
  14. Letter from Bagamoyo District Board on the Regional Commissioner’s visit to Uvinje, July 18, 2001. Letters from Uvinje Chairman to the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance & various District, Regional and National level authorities, July 10, 2002. Letter from Uvinje Chairman to the Bagamoyo District Commissioner & various District, Regional and National level authorities, March 1, 2003. Independent Daily Newspaper (Majira) report on Uvinje’s refusal to vacate their land, March 12, 2003.
  15. Proposal to Establish a National Park. Document prepared by TANAPA and presented to the Bagamoyo District Council, January 31, 2001. In it TANAPA clearly states that “the sub-village of Uvinje is located in the reserve illegally. A mistake was done by letting people live there and the population grew by the day”. In this same document TANAPA again says that “residents have been shown the need to vacate”4 leaf. Park Establishment Documents, Saadani village archives.
  16. In the GR gazette it is stated: “Commencing from the point where the Ruvu/Moyusi railway line crosses the Mligaji river the boundary follows the north side of the said river downstream to the Indian Ocean; thence in a southerly direction along a cleared and beaconed line for approximately eight kilometres to a beacon situated about half a kilometre north of Saadani Village; thence following a cleared and beaconed line, leaving Saadani village and Marumbi salt-works to the east, in a south-easterly direction to the point where the Wami river enters the sea;”. By stating a “cleared beaconed line” it directly suggests the limit was not the Indian Ocean. Again considering that “Saadani and Marumbi salt-works are located to the East” and the boundary line is “following a south-easterly direction” suggests that the border line was inland rather than along the coast line. This same part of the gazette text also suggests that Porokanya sub-village is outside the reserve boundaries, because Porokanya’s location is north of Wami’s river mouth, right along the coast.
  17. Tanzania National Parks. Steps Taken to Establish SNP and Current Situation in Bagamoyo Report. The report indicates that the establishment has largely involved public participation through meetings, workshops and forums, where stakeholders/delegates were informed of and consented to the establishment of the park.
  18. Bagamoyo District Board Minutes 2001 and 2002. Matipwili and Saadani Village document archives.
  19. Matipwili Village Office Letter. Minutes to resolve disputes between Matipwili and the Saadani National Park, July 28, 2011. Park establishment documents, Matipwili Village archives.  Interviews with leaders from villages connected to the Madete area also identified misplacement of park beacons and lack of engagement of village organs in boundary demarcation as challenges.
  20. Bagamoyo District Commissioner’ letter addressed to TANAPA, the Regional Commissioner & the then Member of Parliament Mr. J. Kikwete. Dispute between TANAPA and residents of Saadani, Matipwili-Java and Mkange villages, March 12, 2005. Park establishment documents, Matipwili village archives. This letters provides clear descriptions on the actions  – and lack of accountability on the part of Bagamoyo District Leaders and the Saadani Park authorities- who have not addressed the multiple issues the villages have with the park on compensation, land usurpation and lack of transparency, including the issues of Uvinje sub-village.
  21. Adam Sururu. 2004. Account released to the media and authorities on: TANAPA’s harmful actions towards Uvinje sub-village. Uvinje village archives.
  22. Uvinje Chairman Letter to the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance. Is this oppression part of human rights and good governance in the country? October 7, 2002. Uvinje village archives.
  23. Uvinje Village Letter to Bagamoyo District Commissioner. Re: Report to vacate the sub-village and pave the way for animals or be forcefully evicted. March 1, 2003. Uvinje village archives.
  24. Minutes of a meeting of the residents of Uvinje, November 26, 2006.  In this letter the Uvinje membership clearly states that they have no problems with the SGR being part of the park, but with their land being taken as part of the park. This minutes also describe the numerous grievances against TANAPA and lists their numerous appeals to various authorities.
  25. The Independent Daily Newspaper. Article: Villagers swear to die to protect the village. March 12, 2003.
  26. On March 21, 2003. Mr. Jakaya M. Kikwete visits Uvinje and commits to protect their land rights. Source: interviews and Uvinje village archives.
  27. Letter from the Bagamoyo District Commissioner to the Head of the Saadani National Park. Implementation of the Regional Commissioner’s instructions during his visit to the villages neighbouring SNP, December 1, 2006. This letter directly addressed to TANAPA describes clearly the Regional Commissioner’s orders that Uvinje residents should not be moved and that their land rights should be reinstated.
  28. Uvinje village letter to the Regional Commissioner. Re rumours about the millions of compensation for TANAPA where one was left dead in the fracas, June 22, 2004. Uvinje village archives. The letter elaborates on TANAPA’s approach to reach to residents of Saadani village, who are less involved and/or non-residents of Uvinje, to be included as compensation claimants, which has brought divisions between Uvinje and Saadani.
  29. An election ballot dating back to 1999, provides a list of the adult residents of Uvinje at that time. This list does not coincide with one of TANAPA’s list of Uvinje’s compensation claimants from June 9, 2004, all of which are not inhabitants of Uvinje. In a similar manner, subsequent lists of Uvinje compensation claimants provided by TANAPA after 2004, at different years, does primarily show people whose residence has never been located in the sub-village.
  30. Tanzania_EA_2002. GIS Database, Census Parameters, EA 2002. Product of FSDT made by digitization of paper maps of NBS 2002 Census. Available Online: http://www.tzgisug.org/wp/
  31. SNP Resource Security Annual Report, 2011-2012.
TANAPA’s Map of Saadani National Park
TANAPA’s Map of Saadani National Park
TANAPA’s Map of Saadani National Park
Images in A & B show two of the original Saadani Game Reserve boundary beacons located along the Mkwaja-Saadani rd. While image C, represent the modern Saadani National Park beacons
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