Anti-poaching, Community Development, Research & GIS Mapping – Tanzania

Moyowosi GR & Makere FR

Moyowosi Game Reserve, Makere North & South Forest Reserves and Uvinza Open Area

These protected areas are located in the northwest of the country, close to the border with Burundi. The habitat of these reserves varies from huge swamps to open flood plains, which adjoin large areas of Miombo forest. Game density in the Moyowosi is relatively high, with good populations of lion, leopard, buffalo, crocodile, topi and Lichtenstein hartebeest. Sitatunga are present in the Moyowosi Swamp, which is characterized by tall palm trees and islands formed by termite mounds. The swamp is an important wetland habitat for rare water birds including the wattled crane and the shoebill stork.

Moyowosi GR in Tanzania

Community Development

Traveling between the villages bordering these four protected areas can be a matter of days – even weeks – in the rainy season. The FCF Community Development Field Officer for this area does not let this deter him, traveling by bicycle if need be to reach the remotest of villages. FCF meets with Village Environmental Committees to discuss the importance of conservation. Through close communication and careful cooperation, FCF has implemented a series of successful conservation projects with the communities in this area. Examples of these are a village fish farming initiative in Kibondo, a women’s beekeeping cooperative in Kifura, natural spring reinforcement in Kasanda, and a secondary-school tree nursery to grow indigenous trees for reforestation in Makere.

Area-specific Project Replant Trees

Illegal charcoal production and poached timber are responsible for the deforestation of up to 1.7 million acres of Tanzania’s woodland every year. This destroys species diversity, degrades the soil and exacerbates poverty. FCF is working to replant tree seedlings to bring prosperity and fight soil degradation, erosion and loss of biodiversity. $50 will plant 50 seedlings.

Elephants, Moyowosi Game Reserve

Anti-poaching

The largest area FCF is responsible for, the combined area of the Moyowosi, Makere and Uvinza reserves is 3,023,000 acres. We have three rapid action teams and one village game scout team based here. Annually they, along with Government Game Scouts, arrest in the region of 1,000 poachers. Elephant poaching, illegal fishing, illegal entry of domestic livestock, timber poaching and bushmeat hunting are commonly encountered in these areas. One of FCF’s microlights is based in the area and has proven itself to be very effective in streamlining our anti-poaching efforts in a huge chunk of western Tanzania.

Area-specific Project: Shelter an Anti-poaching Team

The provision of adequate shelter for our rangers on the ground is a top priority when outfitting teams for the bush. $150 will pay for the purchase and shipping of one two-person tent and $450 will purchase and ship tents for a full anti-poaching unit.

Fisheagle

Research

The Moyowosi Game Reserve, Makere North & South Forest Reserves and Uvinza Open Area are part of a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance (the Malagarasi-Moyowosi Ramsar site). This is an important, vast and complex riverine floodplain wetland in northwest Tanzania, one of the largest and most important wetlands in East Africa. The basin has five main rivers: the Malagarasi, Moyowosi, Kigosi, Gombe, and Ugalla. The Moyowosi Game Reserve includes a permanent papyrus swamp, large peripheral floodplains that fluctuate widely on a yearly basis, and is surrounded by very extensive miombo woodlands and wooded grasslands including the Makere Forest Reserves and parts of Uvinza Open Area. The site is extremely important for large mammals, migratory and resident water birds, fish and plants. FCF propose regular sample surveys for large mammals and specific surveys for buffalo and other species in their program and are also working in collaboration with the Tanzania Mammal Atlas Project/WCS to conduct camera trapping surveys in the area.

Lake Nyamagoma

Area-specific Project: Camera Trapping Survey

FCF and the Tanzania Mammal Atlas Project hope to conduct a number of camera trapping surveys in the Moyowosi swamps and surrounding areas to establish biodiversity inventories. The operational costs of each survey are approximately $6,000 per survey, and any contribution to these surveys would assist in continuing this program.

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