CATCHMENT-BASED CONSERVATION OF LAKE NATRON WETLAND: ENSURING SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN ENGARESERO VILLAGE
CATCHMENT-BASED CONSERVATION OF LAKE NATRON WETLAND: ENSURING SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN ENGARESERO VILLAGE
Context:
Lake Natron’s lesser flamingo are adapted to respond to changes in environmental conditions by moving between their sites regularly, thus they are dependent on such sites, which in East Africa are spread over four countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. Thus conservation strategies for their habitat need to take into consideration the entire sub regional population. Trans-boundary and catchment based as well as shared ecosystem services conservation are equally important given the ecological linkages between the lakes and their watersheds. However, human activities in the catchment areas disrupt the ecological integrity of the lakes and their suitability as flamingo’s habitats. Given this current status of lake Natron, the ministry of natural resources and tourism of Tanzania calls for urgent actions to better manage the lake and rescue its lesser flamingos, which are in the IUCN’s list of near threatened species. It is upon this background that DECO proposes to contribute towards improvement of the conservation of the lake, while ensuring that the local communities are not left behind in achieving sustainable conservation and development.


Project’s Primary Objective:
To contribute to national and international community efforts of conserving Lake Natron wetland and the fragile lesser flamingos, while ensuring sustainable livelihoods to the local communities in Engaresero village
Project’s purpose:
Contribute towards improvement of the conservation of the lake, while ensuring that the local communities are not left behind in achieving sustainable conservation and development.
Implementation Strategies:
• Raising awareness to rural communities on importance and challenges on lake Natron.

• Supporting reduction of the utilization of forest resources through enhancing the adoption of appropriate energy saving technologies.
• Establishing and developing Lake Natron management task force and build its capacity.
• Supporting afforestation in the degraded areas of the lake Natron catchment.
• Introducing and supporting alternative Income Generating Activities to reduce over dependence on lake Natron’s catchment

Project Sustainability Strategies:
1. Train 50 community members on the importance and challenges of Lake Natron and its management strategies
2. Establishing of taskforce to supervise the overall management of Lake Natron at a specific project area
3. Plant trees in degraded and bare parts around Lake Natron

Anticipated Project Impact:
• Increased number of Flamingos as a result of conserved Lake Natron
• Increased value of Lake Natron for environmental and tourist attraction
• Reduced pressure of depending on Lake Natron resources as a result of established Income Generating
• Increased number of trees in the management area
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Development Concern
Country:
Tanzania
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 45,849.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 9,391.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 2,289.00
Project Number:
TAN/SGP/OP6/Y2/STAR/BD/2017/15
Status:
Not active yet
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Capacity needs lies on the professionalism for conducting tour operations. Under the project, this is expected to be improved
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Escort of tourists yield income. There is also farming which produce food crops
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Grantee Contact

MR ROBERT M NYAMPIGA
Phone: +255753806531
Email: DEVOCO@YAHOO.COM
 

Address

P O BOX 60132
DAR ES SALAAM , DAR ES SALAAM , +255

SGP Country office contact

Faustine Donald Ninga
Email:

Address

UNDP P.O. Box 9182
Dar es Salaam, Dar es salaam Region, 255-22