WWF Award for Tanzania’s Wildlife Management Areas
Tanzania LLP 2014
WWF has awarded its prestigious Leaders for a Living Planet award to Tanzania’s Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) for helping mobilise communities to manage their local environment and resources to improve conservation of wildlife and habitats, forests and freshwater. At a colourful ceremony in Burunge WMA in July, WWF International President Yolanda Kakabadse praised the WMA scheme which also promotes rural development and training in governance. Since 2005, 19 WMAs have been established, serving 146 villages and 400,000 people, and covering 2, 8 million ha – 3% of Tanzania – mostly adjacent to high value protected areas. The US$1 million annual income from tourism mostly goes to the local communities running the WMAs. A further 20 WMAs area are awaiting recognition.