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.
Steven Kiruswa of the AWF, presents the essence of AWF and the TLCT’s work on Manyara Ranch. The video highlights the Manyara Ranch School which visitors may find an interesting place to visit during their stay on the Conservancy.
The following link provides some excellent Maasai and school related photos taken on Manyara Ranch by Explore. Their support through the Annenberg Foundation has enabled the school to be rebuilt on the periphery of the ranch rather than being centrally located within the conservancy area. Their ongoing support has taken pressure off the wildlife sensitive areas near where we are situating our Tented Camp and in the vicinity of the future Ranch-House -cum – lodge.
We think the work undertaken by Explore is excellent and hope to see them back on the ranch in the near future. Click on the logo to visit Explore’s site and learn more about their work.