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Highlights of Our Work

“This is the best model of community conservation I have seen anywhere in the world.”— Dr. Stuart Pimm, winner of the Tyler Environmental Prize

 

APW is making a difference in the lives of people and wildlife across Northern Tanzania. Here are some highlights of our work as of 2015:

  • 500 Living Walls impacting over 10,000 community members and protecting more than 100,000 head of livestock nightly; protecting livelihoods, saving 100 lions per year.
  • Establishment of the only rural center in northern Tanzania that acts as a conservation resource for rural communities, conservation organizations and government authorities.
  • 25 six-year scholarships to secondary school awarded to outstanding rural schoolchildren in the Maasai Steppe.
  • Maasai Steppe Conservation Education Program reaches more than 5,000 rural schoolchildren annually since 2008, the largest program of its kind across the Steppe.
  • 825 adults engaged in our natural resource management seminars since 2012.
  • Training of 60 village members and game scouts at a nationally accredited school for natural resource management. 24 of those are permanent Warriors for Wildlife, providing rapid response to 19 communities for reports of human-wildlife conflicts, poaching and other conservation activities.
  • Created the first three Women’s Associations on the Maasai Steppe for 900 women interested in entrepreneurship and business development, and distributed 27 microgrants to start environmentally-friendly businesses.
  • Scientifically confirmed the impact of Living Walls on significantly reducing depredation and retaliatory lion killing, through paper authored by APW Staff and published in Biodiversity and Conservation.
  • Our scientific data show increasing populations of zebra, impala, dik-dik - important prey species for the endangered cheetah on the Maasai Steppe - in areas where our community scouts are at work.
  • Supporting 4 local initiatives through the Noloholo Environmental Small Project Fund for wildlife-based tourism and rangeland conservation, including: rainwater harvesting at a local school and a community vocational training institute, a tourist campsite, and grassland reseeding for degraded pastures.
  • Our organization has been recognized as a finalist for the UNDP Equator Prize, became an invited complimentary member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and is a founding member of the Northern Tanzania Rangeland Initiative.