Highlights of Our Work
“This is the best model of community conservation I have seen anywhere in the world.”— Dr. Stuart Pimm, winner of the Tyler Environmental Prize
APW is making a difference in the lives of people and wildlife across Northern Tanzania. Here are some highlights of our work as of 2016:
- 650 Living Walls impacting over 12,500 community members and protecting more than 125,000 head of livestock nightly; protecting livelihoods, saving 150 lions per year.
- Establishment of the only rural center in northern Tanzania that acts as a conservation resource for rural communities, conservation organizations and government authorities.
- 30 full-ride scholarships to secondary school awarded to outstanding rural schoolchildren in the Maasai Steppe.
- Maasai Steppe Conservation Education Program has reached more than 6,000 rural schoolchildren annually since 2008, the largest program of its kind across the Steppe.
- Nearly 1,000 adults have engaged in our natural resource management seminars since 2012.
- Training of 60 village members and game scouts at a nationally accredited school for natural resource management. 42 of those are permanent Warriors for Wildlife, providing rapid response to 20 communities for reports of human-wildlife conflicts, poaching and other conservation activities.
- Created the first three Women’s Associations on the Maasai Steppe for over 700 women interested in entrepreneurship and business development, and distributed 50 microgrants to start environmentally-friendly businesses.
- Scientifically confirmed the impact of Living Walls on significantly reducing depredation and retaliatory lion killing, through paper authored by APW Staff and published in Biodiversity and Conservation.
- Our scientific data show increasing populations of zebra, impala, dik-dik – important prey species for the endangered cheetah on the Maasai Steppe – in areas where our community scouts are at work.
- Supporting six local initiatives through the Noloholo Environmental Small Project Fund for wildlife-based tourism and rangeland conservation, including: rainwater harvesting at a local school and a community vocational training institute, a tourist campsite, and grassland reseeding for degraded pastures.
- Our organization has been recognized as a finalist for the UNDP Equator Prize, became an invited complimentary member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and is a founding member of the Northern Tanzania Rangeland Initiative.