Protecting and Restoring Rare Biodiversity Sustainability in Mara River Transboundary Basin in Tanzania

  • Focal species: Pancake tortoise
  • Secondary species: Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus, Goliath Heron Ardea goliath, Great Egret Egretta alba, Yellow-billed Stork
  • Countries: Tanzania
  • Name of organisation: Sustainable Investments and Development Initiatives
  • Support requested:
    contributions for specific items >1000 euro
  • Does this project benefit local people through employment and/or capacity building: yes
  • Does this project benefit local people in other ways: The project will support the locals to have capacity to conserve their resources, build responsible system to conserve biodiversity, adopt mining compliance to avoid harm to the affected biodiversity and involve the locals in developing conservation plans and desired behaviours change processes fo biodiversity protection that in turn will reduce threats to ecology and sustain the movement

Project Description

Project description (max. 300 words): It aim to promote sustainable conservation and practices for
uninformed and unreachable 400 artisan miners became aware in conservation needs and have
regulated system to protect and restore critically endangered Pancake tortoises those highly affected
by active and irregularities gold mines; proposed responsible mining plans, conservation education
and enhance outreach to both miners and adjacent villagers shall save pancake tortoise out of
extinction in few years to come if existing mines would not be regulated at this global found pancake
habitats. Pancake tortoises are founds only in Kenya and Tanzania; preferably in a shared Mara river
basin trans boundary where mining could leads them to extinction! Artisan gold miners crushes rocky
crevices (traditional habitats for tortoises) in search for gold ore where tends to kills and injuries
leads to ecological threats; deeply miners fragile habitats, destabilize hatching rates and erode
massive entire ecology, erosive untreated Geo- chemicals wastes in 90% makes hazardous
contaminated water in its way to Lake Victoria after local gold recovery in irresponsible process ;also
tends to affect human health where miners touch chemicals without gears and drink contaminated
water, diminish local economy (adjacent farms) ,biodiversity and dense air pollution effects while
ends to decline pancake population and fertility rate as they depends staying in predictable gold
rocks, the mining affects water ,vegetations and increase air pollution due to rampant use of mercury
;Geo-chemical wastes greatly endangering endemic biodiversity sustainability belongs in the basin.

  • Comments:
    Project aim to contribute and realize policies on; Convention of Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2020; It aims to protect vulnerable species and actions to referencing CITES framework achievement that aims nations of the world to monitor protect vulnerable biodiversity species, support to realize the East Africa Regional Security Protocolsaims to combats Cross-Border Organized Crimes on Wild Animals and Controls includes Wild Protection Orders and Sustainable Development Goals contributions
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