Two trainees auditors have started with RTTZ since 2012 they have been trained to become auditors and coaches over the past few years. The team have all graduated from the Sebastian Kolowa University College of Tumaini University in Lushoto with a degree in Ecotourism and Nature Conservation.
Johannes Solar Obeto
I graduated in July 2012 at Tumaini University Makumira (Sebastian Kolowa University College), located in Lushoto – Tanga. At college, I studied bachelor degree of science in Ecotourism and Nature Conservation (Bsc.ENC) and majored Ecotourism Management as my specialty. As part of my academic studies I have also researched and reported on factors hindering ecotourism development in protected areas.
It was during the course of my studies when I realized that any relevant attempt taken to make tourism sustainable sooner or later contributes to sustainable development and support to poverty stricken livelihoods. It has always been my dream to see that competent corporate social responsibility is developed and put into action by each and every player in tourism industry.
Before joining Responsible Tourism Tanzania (RTTZ), I’ve done voluntary work with Tupande Usambara Cultural Tours and Friends of Usambara in Lushoto where I coached some tour guides on ecoturism and principles of professional tour guides. I have also attended a couple of workshops and field work with tourism organizations in Lushoto, Mafia Island and Arusha.
My great interests are in promoting understanding, appreciation and conservation of natural and cultural resources in line with tourism industry. I’m also interested in facilitating mutual interaction between key stakeholders in tourism industry (host communities, tourists, tourism operators, conservation organizations and governments).
A graduate from Tumaini University with a Bachelor degree of Science in Eco-tourism and Nature Conservation working with Responsible Tourism Tanzania (RTTZ) since 2012 in developing guidelines and handbook which will be useful tool in auditing tourism facilities such as hotels, lodges and campsites in Tanzanian wildlife parks, reserves and community areas and set Internationally accepted standards and guidelines with a clear set of practical ideas to introduce the tourism enterprises to a sustainable management approach. Also RTTZ will conduct an auditing and evaluation processes that will help guide the tourism venture to improving their actions and the product which is the new idea for Tanzanian tourism sector as it tries to put guidelines for tourism industries to operate business in ethical maner as well as in the sustainable way.
Experiences, attended a workshop on Landscape Characteristics Assessment for Nature Conservation and Ecotourism Planning in Western Usambara Mountains Tanzania, organised by the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and (SEKUCO). Also having field experiences, From July to September, 2010 at Amani Nature reserve in West Usambara Mountains and From July to September, 2011 at Tanzania Forest Research Institute (TAFORI), Lushoto branch.
My interest is to work in team, sharing ideas and attending workshops, watching conservation documentary movies, playing ludo, as well as interested in wildlife conservation. My future expectation is to see tourism activities especially in Tanzania being managed in the sustainable and ethical manner, so as to meets the needs of the current and future generations, to work with local communities especially in developing Eco-tourism community based project to support their livelihoods and build capacity among local community to have conservation ethics and spirits because the survival of our tourism is a matter of grave concern to all of us in Tanzania.