Wildlife Management Areas are key ecosystems outside National Parks and Game Reserves that communities set aside and manage for wildlife protection. The benefits of wildlife protection include improved access and availability of ecosystem services such as firewood, honey, medicinal plants and direct revenue from consumptive and non consumptive tourism.
Oikos, in partnership with the Tanzania Northern Rangeland Initiative (NTRI) consortium is working in WMA to increase the opportunities deriving from environmental enterprises in harmony with all other interventions and conservation policies.
Maliasili Initiatives, one of the project partners, is a non-profit organization that supports the growth, development and performance of leading civil society organizations working to advance sustainable natural resource management practices in Africa, and is working on designing policies aimed at improving transparency, accountability and effectiveness of WMA management.
Making Wildlife Management Areas Deliver for Conservation and Communities is a brief document by Maliasili illustrates the main crucial problems that need to be addressed by national bodies, private investors, managers and supporting institutions to protect two key ecosystems in the Randilen and Makame WMA in the Tarangire ecosystem.