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Partnership is key in achieving our mission and vision.
Since 2016, Nature Tanzania has attracted a number of donors, private sector and civil societies that we are partnering in the conservation of birds, their habitat and also other biodiversity.
Our Donors and Partners
BirdLife International is the world’s leader in birds conservation. Nature Tanzania has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BirdLife International Africa Partnership Secretariat – For the aim of generating greater support for efforts towards enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in Tanzania to ensure conservation impact. Nature Tanzania and BirdLife International implemented the “Developing a Community Based Ecotourism Model at Lake Natron, Tanzania” funded by the Darwin Initiative from July 2017 to June 2020. Joint fundraising, capacity building, community empowerement, awareness raising and advocacy are ongoing as part of the MoU.
In June 2022, Nature Tanzania became the BirdLife International partner in Tanzania joining the largest partnership of nature conservation organisations in the world.
Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU e.V.)
For almost 120 years NABU’s genuine commitment and professional know-how have inspired people to act together for nature. One of the oldest and largest environmental associations in Germany, NABU, also a BirdLife partner in Germany, has more than 770,000 members and supporters. In its international work, NABU focuses on Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Its international activities include protecting habitats and biodiversity, climate protection, ecotourism and environmental education, as well as capacity building, poverty alleviation, and strengthening civil society.
NABU has been supporting Nature Tanzania since its inception. NABU and Nature Tanzania are committed to ensuring sustainable management and conservation of areas identified as Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA). NABU is supporting Nature Tanzania in research, biodiversity conservation, livelihood development, capacity building and awareness raising. NABU is funding Nature Tanzania several projects including the Institutional Capacity Building Project, AfriEvolve project, White Conservation Project in Kongwa and Mpwapwa districts, and Grey-crowned Crane Conservation Project in the Kagera River.
USAID Tuhifadhi Maliasili Activity
Nature Tanzania has received 2 years (June 2022 – May 2024) Fixed Amount Award from the USAID Tuhifadhi Maliasili Project to implement a “School Environment Education in Derema (SEED)” project in the Amani-Nilo Corridor (ANC) within the Derema Forest Corridor (DFC). The SEED project is using education for sustainable development, linked with SDG 4.7, to nurture primary and secondary students to become champions for the conservation and protection of the ANC. The project targets six primary and two secondary schools in ANC.
The project is using student-centred and interactive approaches to learning and teaching towards transforming schools into learning hubs for natural resource management. It is using the eco-school concept to develop a youth workforce that is aware of and concerned about the ANC and its associated conservation problems. It will pilot sustainable micro-projects to provide a source of income for the eco-schools. Through outdoor activities e.g. birdwatching and micro-projects, the project is promoting and encouraging volunteering spirit and active participation of young people in environmental protection within the ANC.
Crane Conservation Germany
Crane Conservation Germany is an International organisation dedicated to the conservation of Crane bird species. In Tanzania, CCG together with NABU are supporting Nature Tanzania in the conservation of Grey-crowned Cranes in the Kagera River. The Grey-crowned Crane conservation project supports communities to conserve the Grey-crowned Crane in the area. This is through awareness raising and environmental education, capacity building and through formation of farmers club and kids club aiming at conservation of the bird species.
In March 2023, Nature Tanzania established a partnership with Altezza Travel, a tour company based in Moshi, Tanzania that runs amazing high-quality tours around Tanzania. The partnership aims to support Nature Tanzania’s program on Biodiversity Monitoring (BiMO) field training and mentoring that targets youths including university graduates in biodiversity conservation. The program is implemented at Amani Nature Forest Reserve (ANFR) in collaboration with the Department of Zoology and Wildlife Conservation of the University of Dar es Salaam. The BiMO program has three main objectives; building capacity of members and students in research, ecology and monitoring; transfer of knowledge, skills and sharing experiences and networking and mentoring of Tanzanian youths and students in biodiversity conservation.
Our vision is to have a long-term field training and mentoring program targeting youths including university graduates. We are also looking forward to establishing a research centre at ANFR, where students and researchers will be attached for research and conservation work. In order to continue doing this important work we need funding/equipment for this important work, therefore, we welcome more support.
Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG)
Nature Tanzania and the TFCG are committed to generating greater support for efforts towards enhancing the conservation of birds, forests and supporting the sustainable use of biodiversity in Tanzania to ensure conservation impact. The two partners are also working closely with local communities and other stakeholders in the Eastern Arc Mountains (EAM) including government authorities in the conservation and awareness raising for biodiversity conservation, forest restoration and upscaling sustainable agricultural practices. They are also working to support capacity development of individual and local conservation groups existing in protected and unprotected areas including key IBA sites and the Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania.
Nature Tanzania and Nature Uganda are committed to generating greater support for efforts towards enhancing the conservation of birds and other cross-border ecosystems as well as supporting the sustainable use of biodiversity in Uganda and Tanzania to ensure maximum conservation impact. The two partners are working to address research and urgent conservation challenges in East Africa that affect birds, terrestrial ecosystems, freshwater ecosystems, forests ecosystems, communities and the wider biodiversity and their habitats. The two organizations also have a strong interest in supporting the sustainable management of Sango Bay–Minziro transboundary ecosystem in both Uganda and Tanzania.
African Bird Club
The African Bird Club (ABC) is a UK registered charity with the aims of supporting conservation of birds and their habitats in Africa. ABC runs a Conservation Awards Programme that supports small to medium sized conservation projects in Africa. Since 1996, it has supported a wide variety of projects including training courses, research into threatened species and promotion and awareness of conservation issues in Africa. Nature Tanzania has benefitted several funding from the African Bird Club mainly to support birds research and conservation in Tanzania. Nature Tanzania also hosts the Tanzania Country Representative of African Bird Club, Mr. Emmanuel Mgimwa.
Albertine Rift Conservation Society
The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS Network) is a regional conservation organization with the mission to enhance biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of natural resources in the Albertine Rift region, Africa Great Lakes region and African Mountains through the promotion of collaborative conservation actions for nature and people. Nature Tanzania and ARCOS have signed an MoU of cooperation for informaton sharing on IBAs and KBAs, biodiversity conservation, joint research and fundraising, awareness raising, among others.
Maasai Pastoralist Development Organisation (MPDO-LARETO)
Nature Tanzania has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BMaasai Pastoralist Development Organization (MPDO) – LARETO – For Support and promote alternative and sustainable livelihood to local communities in the areas where MPDO – LARETO and Nature Tanzania are active. This also includes the empowerment of women, men, and youths for the promotion of sustainable development as well as sustainable and efficient energy sources.
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) was founded in 2000 to address this challenge by empowering civil society in developing countries and transitional economies to protect the world’s biodiversity hotspots. The fund is a joint program of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. With funding from the CEPF, Nature Tanzania implemented the “Sustainable forest edge management for the conservation of the Long-billed Forest Warbler and endemic globally threatened biodiversity of the East Usambara Mountains” project from 2017 to 2019.