Kenya’s ecological health is in danger.
The ecological health of the Mau Forest Complex in Kenya’s Rift Valley region is in imminent danger. Deforestation and industrial encroachment have destroyed large tracts of this important ecosystem, while years of indiscriminate forest clearing and settlement have taken their toll. This 40,000-hectare forest is East Africa’s largest closed-canopy forest ecosystem and serves the important purpose of storing rainwater during wet months and releasing it during dry periods.
The Maasai School was dangerously dilapidated.
The school formerly located on 45,000-acre Manyara Ranch was dilapidated, having seen no physical maintenance or repair in over 20 years. Its buildings were shabby, lacking electricity and a proper water distribution system. The school was extremely overcrowded, with over 800 students enrolled in the 400-person capacity school.
A need to protect Africa’s largest elephant population.
The Kazungula District of Zambia, the location of the Sekute Chiefdom, lies close to the borders of Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. Elephants and other wildlife regularly move between these countries to access various habitats.
Over time, human settlements have obstructed critical wildlife corridors connecting protected areas, and the close proximity of wildlife to people has resulted in increased human-wildlife conflict.
Human expansion is threatening wildlife outside of Nairobi, Kenya.
For many years, local Maasai communities, their livestock, and wildlife comfortably shared the open grasslands surrounding Nairobi National Park in Kenya. But, as competition for land and water increased, more farmers started selling off segments of their land for development. As crop farming and fenced-off plots have increased, the once-open landscape near Kenya’s capital has become increasingly fragmented.
Local tourism was not benefitting the community.
The banks of the Zambezi River are home to the Goba people who constitute the Chiawa Chiefdom, located in Zambia. The socio-economic status of the Chiawa community, like many rural areas in Zambia, is characterized by poverty—despite high levels of tourism in the area. Several private lodges and tourism campsites are located along the Lower Zambezi River in the eastern Chiawa area.
Copper isn’t Zambia’s only rich natural resource.
The Republic of Zambia is located in Southern Africa. Its name comes from the Zambezi river, which flows through parts of the country and also forms its southern border. Zambia has a tropical climate, high plateaus, broad plains, and river valleys.
Zimbabwe is facing food and water insecurity.
Officially called the Republic of Zimbabwe, this Southern African country is located between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. Home to 350 species of mammals, more than 500 birds, and 131 fish species, Zimbabwe is mostly grassland, but its mountains give way to tropical and hardwood forests. Zimbabwe supports the second largest population of elephants, important and growing populations of lion and wild dogs, and was once the agricultural breadbasket in Africa.