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Moyowosi Game Reserve, Tanzania

The habitat type of this area varies from huge swamps to open flood plains and is home to warthog, baboon, zebra, sable, roan, eland, bushbuck, oribi, common and Bohor reedbuck, East African duiker, hyaena, hippo, and defassa waterbuck.

Project Summary

Project Summary

Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF) were granted Strategic Investor Status by the Tanzanian government on 17th August 2015 and guaranteed a protected lease for the next 30 years on this area of land. The swamp is also an important habitat for rare birds such as the wattled crane and the shoebill stalk.

Along with with Tanzanian government officials, FCF’s main focuses in Moyowosi are anti-poaching, community development, and GIS and research. FCF employs 11 fulltime anti-poachers who work around the clock responding to intelligence about poaching in the area.

Working in close collaboration with Tanzania government, FCF meet up with Village Environmental Committees to discuss the importance of conservation. Through close communication and cooperation, FCF have implemented a series of conservation projects with the communities in the areas. Examples of these projects include micro-finance groups, student scholarships, environmental education, and reforestation programs.

Finally, collecting data and mapping it out using Geographic information Systems (GIS) is invaluable to any conservation effort and rigorous data is collected to plan anti-poaching patrols, wildlife conservation surveys, and community development programs.

Background & Geography

Name of Land Area

Moyowosi Game Reserve

Geographical Features

The Moyowosi Game Reserve includes a permanent papyrus swamp, large peripheral floodplains that fluctuate widely on a yearly basis, and is surrounded by very extensive miombo woodlands and wooded grasslands including parts of Uvinza Open Area. The game reserve has an elevation of roughly 1188m above sea level. Annual rainfall at this reserve varies between 1000mm and 1500mm. The dry season starts in mid May and ends in mid October and the average temperature of the reserve is 29 degrees Celsius.

Size

12,545 km^2

Habitat Types

The habitat of this reserve varies from huge swamps to open flood plains, which adjoin large areas of Miombo forest.

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Ownership

Who Owns The Land?

Government owned

Tenure

National park, Friedkin Conservation Fund has a renewable 30 year lease on the area.

Secure?

Guaranteed for the next 30 years, FCF have just been granted Strategic Investor Status by the Tanzanian Government.

Government & Stability

National Ruling Party

CCM

President / Premier Name

John Magufuli

Years in Office

Since November 2015

National Economical Stability

Young, but strong growth of over 7%

National Economic Drivers

Agriculture trade, tourism, tea, coffee, mining

Percentage of GDP from Tourism

Total direct contribution to GDP was about 13% in 2014 (data from world travel and tourism council). In 2015 tourism contributed about 30% of export earnings (20% in 2010).

Conservation Commitment

Large areas under protection, including hunting and government forest Reserves. About 4.5% of land is National Park, another 25% is game and forest reserve, and another 10% assorted conservation status. Tanzania is unusual in having established national parks post-independence for example Katavi, Udzungwa, and Mahale. There is a lack of understanding of the the deep complexity, but very committed.

Tourism Commitment

Still booming in Tanzania. Not to the extent of Kenya, but much more space/opportunity/variety for Tanzania tourism. Investor-friendly, open to businesses. Some of the usual hazards of corruption and inefficiency and poaching.

Population

49,250,000

GDP

33,230,000,000 USD

Stakeholders

Stakeholders

Government, Friedkin Conservation Fund, residing community.

Conservation

Biomes

Swamps, open flood planes, woodland.

Prime Conservation Opportunities

The work of the anti-poaching teams in collaboration with the Tanzanian government leads to the arrest of 1,900 on average a year. Between 2005 and 2010, the the FCF team helped assisted government officials in confiscating a wide variety of poaching equipment including cable snares, automatic weapons, and poison arrows, as well as elephant meat, ivory, and illegal charcoal. The areas that are under FCF protection are Moyowosi boarding on the west side of Kigosi, Ugalla, south of Kigosi, Maswa and Mwiba, boarding on the south side of the Serengeti. All of the village community projects reside around these areas.

Community

Population Prime Challenges

Healthcare and educational facilities are few and far between and can take a number of days to walk to and from.

Prime Community Opportunities

FCF’s active community projects:

Support projects whose aims it is to improve access to education – often limited in remote areas of Tanzania.

Habitat restoration and reforestation are implemented as important subjects at the local schools.

Providing funding to village communities to support income-generating projects and improving their ability to become self-reliant in the long term.

Working to improve healthcare in the communities by supporting rural medical clinics.

Implementing borehole rigs in various villages to Drill wells in the ground.

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