The pioneering Tanzania Land Conservation Trust (TLCT) is an initiative led by the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), in response to the potential threat of the Manyara Ranch privatization in 1998.
AWF led the process where a task force chaired by Monduli District Commissioner was encouraged to develop land conservation trust that would be used to acquire and manage the ranch.
Today, the TLCT board is made up from the following members allowing for a diversity of ideas to flow through.
- AWF (African Wildlife Foundation)
- TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks)
- Tanzania’s Wildlife Department
- Monduli District Council
- UNDP – GEF (Global Environment Fund)
- WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature)
- The local community
The object of the trust is to promote the nature preservation and conservation and economic activities compatible with conservation for the benefit and trust of present and future generations throughout Tanzania. The trust also aims to support local community development. A local steering committee, whose memberships include representatives of the local community, serves as an advisory board and effectively links the community with the ranch management.
Today, despite many challenges, the Trust has produced several positive results including: averting cultivation and fencing off of the Manyara Ranch area, extensive and progressive community consultation, improved security of the corridor and consequently an increase in wildlife numbers, improved services for communities services, which includes a new school and support to their livestock production activities, and lastly, great interest in the new Manyara Ranch Conservancy tourism enterprise.