In 2014, the African People & Wildlife Fund (APW) committed to both preventing human-wildlife conflicts (most notably via its highly successful Living Wall program) and providing local incentives for sustainable natural resource management in Tanzania. Via this two-pronged strategy, APW will work with community members to protect valuable livestock (and therefore community wealth) through the installation of environmentally friendly predator-proof corrals, and to assist in the recovery of important wildlife populations through community-driven environmental management. In particular, APW believes Maasai women are uniquely positioned to both become shepherds of the environment and to work for the long-term sustainability of environments on behalf of their children and communities. Recognizing the strong linkages between women, girls, and their impacts on the environment, APW will link conservation incentives to the improvement in women's income. Through APW's microfund, investments in environmentally friendly and women-owned small businesses, such as bee-keeping, will be made. In return for accepting micro-grants, community women develop and deliver community-based projects, such as village clean-ups, tree planting, watershed restoration work, and environmental education outreach. In addition to their on-the-ground conservation outcomes, these projects improve local attitudes toward conservation, ultimately bettering conditions for coexistence with elephants and lions.
|Location||Tanzania, Eastern Africa|