Highlights and Publications
The Development of Community Wildlife Management In Tanzania, Lessons From The Ruaha Ecosystem
This paper has been prepared as a contribution to the debate on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to community-based conservation in Africa. It focuses on the development of community wildlife management in Tanzania, and in particular on the experience of successive ODA/DFID-funded projects -REWMP and MBOMIPA - working with communities in Iringa District that neighbour Ruaha National Park.
The history of these projects has been closely intertwined with that of community wildlife management in the country as a whole. Community-based approaches in Tanzania date from the late 1980s:1 the project-linked initiatives discussed in this paper began in January 1993. when a community wildlife management component was added to REWMP, the Ruaha Ecosystems Wildlife Management Project.2 REWMP ended in June 1996, but its community component was taken up by the MBOMIPA Project, which began in October 1997 and is currently due to run through to October 2001.3