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This very important project got underway in late 2013 after some unfortunate delays. The project concept is outlined here. Please sign in to our newsletter and watch our journal entries on this website to keep current on the activities within the project.
The existing poor relationships that exist between national parks management and local communities adjacent to the parks creates increasing stress, conflict and difficult resource management.
The case of Saadani National Park typifies this situation. Work by the Kesho Trust (Tz) and partners within a research program [PAPR] in the Saadani National Park area identified several challenges linked to the lack of engagement between the park management agency [TANAPA] and the surrounding communities. The PAPR established research committees from within communities in the area to better understand, and document the problems of resource management currently being faced. This project [PECC] will use and build on the research effort and pay particular attention to raising the needs and ideas of communities. Its goal is to bring greater accountability, responsibility and cooperation into the relationships between the park management agency [TANAPA] and the surrounding communities. It is also intended to develop and model an approach for change that could be applied to other national park areas around the country.
The project focuses on three elements of change: better understanding of the relationship of conservation to community development and livelihood improvement; better appreciation of the role of communities in conservation and their potential participation in policy and management decisions; and better appreciation of and access to benefits from conservation by people in communities adjacent to parks.
The broadly based community engagement led by committees established in each of six communities that is planned within this project will increase the level of awareness about conservation and its benefits. The facilitated engagement of both community committees and TANAPA staff will also bring about a greater understanding and recognition of the responsibilities of both groups in effectively managing resources within the park region for the benefit of all.
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