The global population is increasing and hence there is an increasing demand for space on which to build homes and resource use e.g. food, source of income and recreation. Hence wildlife, habitats and ecosystem services are under increasing pressure from decline. Further Her in Tanzania wildlife, particularly rhinos and elephants are threatened by poachers and the illegal wildlife trade with the real threat of driving some species of extinction. We need to play a greater part to protect threatened species and habitats. Peace for Conservation strives to undertake research, implement conservation activities and community based activities related to the improvement of both the environment and the local economy – to protect the environment for future generations but also encouraging at community level to utilize and gain livelihoods from natural resources in a sustainable way. Further Peace for Conservation is very active in supporting ecotourism based initiatives thus providing an alternative and removing the incentive of wildlife poaching. Our organization aims to promote works and initiatives in national and international forums
Community Based Conservation.
The most success to conserve wildlife is through conservation research and environmental initiatives that are lead and driven by the local community with an accompanying education and awareness program. Peace for conservation strives that communities not only exist together but thrive together – where resources are used sustainably for local communities and benefit and species and biodiversity are maintained. As poaching is a particular problem its key that the local community benefits from long-term sustainable wildlife practices as opposed to short term unsustainable uses such as poaching and illegal trade
Conservation efforts started a long time ago. National Parks and Reserves were created, yet still they only account for a small part of the land use ‘cake’ that is slowly being eaten up by human beings. Outside protected areas; the land is used by a constantly increasing population of human beings. In many countries this has led to monocultures and the extinction of many animal species. At the same time, human-wildlife conflict is becoming more and more frequent due to the overlap of the animals’ habitat with new or growing human settlements.
Peace for Conservation works closely with communities on to reduce this conflict integrating them into projects for profitable cohabitation for both humans and wildlife. Projects include ecotourism, creation of tree nurseries, production and selling of local craft work and local tour guiding.
The advocacy program seeks to use our new network of activities to build understanding and engage the support leaders, policy makers, conservationists and scientist, public and the media for conservation awareness. This in combination with project based evidence and community support we are aiming to influence politicians, individuals, groups and stake holders to make decisions on combatting wildlife crime.
Today’s children are the last generation that can save the many species of exotic animals that we all know and love. If we want to protect wildlife in the future, we need today’s children to grow up to be wildlife stewards, and so it is paramount to teach children the benefits of wildlife and how to protect them. Educating children is also a great way to pass messages onto the wider community about how to protect their local wildlife. It is important for local people to learn how and why it is important to look after their local natural resources, including wildlife, to ensure they have the ability to grow food, have access to clean water and earn a living.
Peace for Conservation raises their voices concerning conservation issues within their communities and compounds. Children in school and out of school will express their concern about wildlife poaching in Tanzania. The first step is to ideally visit each community around the protected area of Lake Basin, and unique fresh water ecosystem, and involve all school children at different times to teach them and involve them in conservation efforts through the creation of documentaries. Our goal is to have all the documentaries we produce distributed to national/local television for nationwide broadcasting, thus demonstrating what can be done in one area and ensuring that other areas are inspired to follow suit