project review

Threat of wildlife exodus from Ruipa corridor

Review submitted by Ed Cremin
Review date 12 Aug 2010

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Since last year, Frontier-Tanzania has embarked on a large and demanding project funded by Defra, to assess levels of biodiversity in the region of the Kilombero valley. One of the objectives is to investigate how local villages and communities are using the land in the region, with the aim of generating an ecologically sustainable management plan for the area. We hope that with the cooperation from locals the plan will contribute to the long term sustainability of the region.

There have been concerns for several years now that migration corridors between the Udzungwa Mountains National Park and the Selous Game Reserve have become obsolete and disused due to ever increasing human disturbance.

As it stands there are many forces driving biodiversity loss in the region. Traditionally the plains and woodland of Tanzania consisted of pristine habitat which provided ample shelter, food and water for large mammals on their long journeys. Due to increasing human encroachment, habitat in the region has been degraded to the point where there are now fewer routes for animals to navigate without suffering the impacts of human activities. This is despite the fact that nearly 40% of all land in Tanzania is protected, or considered to be used sustainably.

Discontented with the discovery that these migration corridors are under serious threat, Frontier have been working with farmers, village leaders and numerous other stakeholders to ensure that there is every opportunity for large mammals like elephant and buffalo to migrate peacefully across the African continent. These communities and the native wildlife need every chance to ensure their survival, and we are indebted to the efforts and enthusiasm given by all out hard working volunteers to help reduce the rate of biodiversity loss in the region.

Ed Cremin
Research and Development Intern

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