The main focuses of FCF are GIS and research, community development and anti-poaching. FCF regularly meet with Village Environmental Committees to discuss the importance of conservation and have implemented a number of conservation projects with the local communities, including micro-finance groups, environmental education, reforestation programs and student scholarships. Collecting data and mapping it out using GIS is invaluable to the planning of anti-poaching operations as well as wildlife conservation surveys and community development programs.
Provide proactive assistance to the Tanzanian Government and the people of Tanzania with their efforts to conserve their network of protected areas. Engage rural communities in the conservation of their natural heritage and empower them to alleviate some of the conditions that contribute to poverty. Monitor, research and facilitate initiatives in sustainable utilization of natural resources.
The Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF) was first set up as a charitable trust in Tanzania. It was first established as a means for conserving 6.1 million acres of Tanzania’s protected wildlife areas. In order to achieve this objective, they conduct anti-poaching operations working closely with the Wildlife Division of Tanzania. FCF also supports innovative community projects and manages a Geographic information System (GIS) to map out any data collected and to help with research that hugely contributes towards anti-poaching efforts.
The anti-poaching teams arrest on average 1,900 poachers a year. Between 2005 and 2010, the FCF team confiscated 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, and Natron, north-east of Ngorongoro. All of the village community projects reside around these areas.
FCF’s main objectives are assisting the Tanzanian government and people with their efforts to conserve the protected areas, to assist the local communities to come up with proactive strategies to alleviate factors that contribute to poverty, and to collect data to monitor and research initiatives for sustainable ways to utilize the natural resources.