Sustainable Rangelands Initiative

Sustainable Rangelands Initiative

In northern Tanzania, 92 percent of available wildlife habitat consists of places where people and wildlife interact. The Sustainable Rangelands Initiative works to keep these critical areas open and flourishing for the long-term benefit of rural communities and wild animals.

Through regular data collection, assessment, information sharing, and active management, volunteer rangeland monitors—selected in conjunction with local leaders—use a mobile-based reporting system to provide updates on pasture quality to their community networks. The project is generating visible results, including increased grass height, reduced areas of bare ground, and the return of important plant and wildlife species to community-managed grazing areas.

HOW THE SUSTAINABLE RANGELANDS INITIATIVE WORKS

APW conducts a sustainable rangeland management training
Step One
Each participating community receives comprehensive training from APW staff in sustainable rangeland management.
Community rangeland monitors measure grass in a pasture being managed under the Sustainable Rangelands Initiative
Step Three
The team gathers data such as grass height, the percentage of bare ground, and presence of invasive plant species.
A grazing committee discusses the management of their rangelands in northern Tanzania.
Step Five
The grazing committee meets with the local government to decide where and when community members can graze their livestock.
Community rangeland monitors work in a pasture in northern Tanzania
Step Two
A team of community volunteer rangeland monitors allocates plots in local pastures for assessment.
Sustainable_Rangelands_Reporting-compressor
Step Four
The team transmits the rangeland data to the community grazing committee via a mobile-based reporting system.
Green grass growing in a pasture managed by the Sustainable Rangelands Initiative
Step Six
Critical habitats regenerate, leading to the return of important plant and wildlife species.

HOW THE SUSTAINABLE RANGELANDS INITIATIVE WORKS

APW conducts a sustainable rangeland management training
Step One
Each participating community receives comprehensive training from APW staff in sustainable rangeland management.
Community rangeland monitors work in a pasture in northern Tanzania
Step Two
A team of community volunteer rangeland monitors allocates plots in local pastures for assessment.
Community rangeland monitors measure grass in a pasture being managed under the Sustainable Rangelands Initiative
Step Three
The team gathers data such as grass height, the percentage of bare ground, and presence of invasive plant species.
Sustainable_Rangelands_Reporting-compressor
Step Four
The team transmits the rangeland data to the community grazing committee via a mobile-based reporting system.
A grazing committee discusses the management of their rangelands in northern Tanzania.
Step Five
The grazing committee meets with the local government to decide where and when community members can graze their livestock.
Green grass growing in a pasture managed by the Sustainable Rangelands Initiative
Step Six
Critical habitats regenerate, leading to the return of important plant and wildlife species.

“Pastures that used to be bare now have grass growing. We also have transport assistance that allows us to monitor and manage areas that were difficult to reach before.”

YOHANA LESIRKON, GRAZING COMMITTEE MEMBER

P.O. Box 11306

Arusha, Tanzania

+255 767 172 086

P.O. Box 624

Bernardsville, NJ 07924

+1 (908) 642-1540

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Arusha, Tanzania

+255 767 172 086

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Bernardsville, NJ 07924

+1 (908) 642-1540

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