Women and Walls to Save Tanzania's Wildlife

A commitment by the African People and Wildlife Fund, the project aims to conserve the population of lions and elephants by alleviating conflict using living walls (predator-proof livestock corrals) in Northern Tanzania, through the investment in environmentally friendly, women-owned businesses.

Women and Walls to Save Tanzania's Wildlife

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.


  • African People & Wildlife

    Implementing NGO
    Tanzania | Staff size: 51-100

    African People & Wildlife (APW), a U.S. registered 501c3 non-profit organization, works to ensure a future where humans and wild animals thrive living side by side. APW partners with local...

  • National Geographic

    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    The National Geographic Society is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that pushes the boundaries of exploration to further their understanding of their planet and...

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Key Information

LocationTanzania, Eastern Africa
  • Start Date 2014
  • End Date 2017
  • Sectors