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Endangered Ecosystems of Northern Tanzania

The northern rangelands cover the heart of Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley. Population growth, competing land use interests, and resource limitations are threatening the ecological integrity of this area. The Northern Tanzania Rangelands Initiative, led by The Nature Conservancy, is a collaborative effort to reverse current trends and permanently protect this landscape.

Project Date: 2016 - present
Funder: USAID
Country: Tanzania
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9 partners trained on population, health, and environment issues and the linkages between them

14 trainers trained to establish environmentally-friendly Village Savings & Loans Groups, who in turn established 12 Community Conservation Banks with 372 members

The northern rangelands area of Tanzania covers nearly 8 million acres

What We Do

  • Increase access to credit and financing through Village Savings and Loan Groups in order to establish environmentally-friendly micro-enterprises
  • Strengthen access to credit through links with mobile money and the establishment of group savings accounts
  • Orient local community stakeholders on the linkages between population, health, and environment, identifying community volunteers to champion these ideas
  • Establish “model bomas” in 12 villages—a concept adapted from our “model households” approach in Tanzania that showcases households illustrating behaviors that allow families to thrive without taking a toll on their environment and natural resources

Project Staff Members

Cara Honzak

Senior Technical Advisor for Population, Health, & Environment

Cara has more than 15 years of experience focused on cross-sectoral international development...

Cheryl Margoluis

Senior Technical Advisor for Population, Health, & Environment

Cheryl has 20 years of experience working in international development, 15 of those living in Latin America....

Joseph Komwihangiro

Senior Country Director

A medical doctor with more than 15 years of experience leading and managing donor-funded health programs in Tanzania, Dr. Komwihangiro combines his technical experience with his passion for helping...

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