Our model establishes long-term relationships with local communities, empowering rural Africans to successfully manage their natural resources while achieving significant ecological and financial benefits. The model—which consists of our four-step process and community-driven approach—provides strategic direction for our community engagement across all of our priorities. Together, we are stabilizing wildlife populations and uplifting livelihoods in northern Tanzania.
We are currently applying our model in six critical conservation landscapes across northern Tanzania and plan to scale it even farther into surrounding regions in the coming years.
OUR FOUR-STEP PROCESS
We support strong communities and healthy wildlife populations by reducing and preventing conflict between people, wildlife, and even local institutions and stakeholders.
Build community capacity to manage natural resources
We work with rural communities to understand their environmental needs and priorities and help develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities to manage their natural resources effectively.
Support active environmental conservation by the community
We empower local people to lead their own conservation initiatives by contributing financial resources, tools, and expertise.
Foster local conservation incentives
We promote the ecological and financial benefits of wise environmental conservation, strengthening livelihoods while protecting wildlife habitats.
OUR COMMUNITY-DRIVEN APPROACH
People from diverse backgrounds have unique ways of considering, discussing, and addressing natural resource concerns. Our community-driven approach explores local points of view, mobilizing rural people to express their challenges in the context of their own experiences, perspectives, and language. This cooperation creates a shared dialogue with our team, building a specialized knowledge and understanding of community needs. It also develops a sense of trust as we work hand-in-hand to develop solutions to conservation and natural resource challenges.