Conserving the Mahale ecosystem
At the western tip of Tanzania, on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, lies a mountainous region boasting chimpanzees and rich biodiversity. Frankfurt Zoological Society has supported Mahale since the 1990s and our project started in 2004.
Mahale boasts a rich diversity of habitats creating a unique mix of animal and plant species. It contains a mosaic of overlapping montane forest and mountain grasslands in higher altitudes, with bamboo and rainforest and woodland on the slopes. There are tropical rain forest animals, savannah and miombo woodland animals including resident elephants and the fauna of the unique aquatic ecosystem of the lake.
What we do
- Development and implementation of a General Management Plan for Mahale Mountains National Park
- Development and implementation of Mahale Ecosystem Management Plan
- Carrying out of ecological research and assessment of the wider Mahale ecosystem
- Support of tourism development and management
- Training on environmental education
- Community Conservation Banks: Now more than 2,200 people, 70% of the members are women, contribute to a group loans and saving scheme for conservation compatible activities
- Village land use mapping and planning
- Forest monitoring and protection under participatory forest management
- Improving livelihood security in target villages
- Environmental education
- Supporting community based natural resource management and conservation-compatible development activities
Working with Mpanda District, we have gathered village agreements and documentation for the upgraded protection of the Tongwe West Local Authority Forest Reserve. The Mahale Katavi corridor has recently been surveyed and information is being used to protect the wildlife corridor identified there.