Setting up a research project is, unfortunately, not just planning where to go and what to study. It also involves applying for permits – a lot of permits. This does naturally fill a bigger purpose but it also requires a lot of patience and a decent budget. Time on ones hands is of the essence since some permits have a six month processing overturn.
Here is a list of what permits that we were required apply for to conduct our project:
- Project approval from Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI)
- Research permit from Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)
- Residence permit class C
- Referral letter to the Management and Local Government Authorities
- Free entry permit (needed to enter protected areas)
- CITES export permit
- Sweden (EU)
- CITES import permit
To conduct research projects in Tanzania one also has to collaborate with a local researcher, university or NGO. This list is not exhaustive and each step has its own particulars. Visit the websites listed below to find guidelines and applications forms.
TAWIRI - http://www.tawiri.or.tz/
COSTECH - http://www.costech.or.tz/