Nov 14, 2018

Update from Tanzania

We're excited to share the news of our latest development to scale up the programme, by offering this practical and peaceful solution to District governments in Northern Tanzania. This allows us to support multiple high-risk crop-raiding areas at one time, providing the tools, training and equipment to Districts, who are responsible for the welfare of several communities. By doing so, we are able to secure farm boundaries across adjoining villages, thus ensuring that the next village does not see an increase in crop raiding, as a direct result of deterring elephants from the previous village's land. This technique coincides with our mission to preserve critical wildlife corridors. By protecting farms with beehive fences, we're not only repelling elephants from entering and eating crops, but also ensuring that cultivated land does not further encroach on wild habitat, with the incentive of an additional livelihood from honey and wax sales to compensate for the restriction of further farm expansion.
We're delighted to announce our partnership with PAMS Foundation, to trial the District level human-elephant coexistence programme in Karatu District, which borders the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA). The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage site, famed for it's unique biodiversity, and home to approximately 1,000 elephants. Two vital wildlife corridors, Upper Kitete and Larja, form a migration network from the Crater to Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park. By delivering a multi-village solution with the beehive fences, we aim to protect communities on the perimeter of the NCAA forest boundary, who also border the two migration routes, and are in frequent contact with the elephants. The forest forms a buffer area between farms and the Crater. It's essential to engage and empower communities in the protection of the forest, and its wild inhabitants. The bees also offer a solution to this, with beekeeping enterprises that are established to provide a sustainable income source, and means of protecting the forest.  
Together with PAMS Foundation, we will be training Elephant Guardians - members of the community who are equipped to support beehive fence installations. The EG responsibilities also include patrolling the area daily to ensure the fences are maintained, and to observe elephant movements - collecting crucial data on elephant grazing, their access to the corridors, while engaging with community members to address any concerns or issues. 

 Thank you for your generous support!

Aug 17, 2018

Kili Climb for Elephants

After poaching, the second biggest threat to the elephants is conflict with people over land. As the human population in Africa is set to double by 2050, a battle over land is fought between farming communities and the migrating elephants who require huge expanses of land to survive. Elephants mow down and eat crops which farmers depend on, whereupon land owners retaliate, and elephants are often harmed or killed as a result.

Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) is a complex challenge. This initiative allows us to partner with communities to deliver a sustainable and scalable solution through beekeeping. Elephants are afraid of bees and will avoid them at all cost! Farmers can become beekeepers (through your support), mastering a new skill set which not only maintains peace between elephants and people but also provides communities with an additional income source from honey and wax sales.

Beehive fences are a highly effective technique first developed by Dr Lucy King in Kenya. We're replicating this scalable solution in Northern Tanzania, helping communities to receive benefits from conservation with self-sustainable honey businesses, which improve quality of life, and facilitate human-elephant coexistence.

The Twin Peak Challenge was born in order to raise funds for this initiative, and in honor of a fellow conservationist who lost his life because of his commitment to protecting elephants. 

This year (and for years to follow), we are taking on two of Africa's tallest mountains - Mt. Meru & Mt. Kilimanjaro, back-to-back! With two climbing teams embarking on the expedition, in August and September.  We will keep you posted on the outcome.  

If you would like to participate please feel free to reach out and I will be happy to send you the details.

 

With Gratitude,

Hayley

Jan 19, 2018

Update from the field

Good Afternoon!

 

A few udpates since we last reported:

-We have secured funding to move ahead with the beefences close to Tarangire National Park, as well as to begin the farmer's beekeeping training in both of our location sites in Tanzania.

-Our partner in this initiative, Wild Survivors, are now working together with Chem Chem Foundation, who run two lodges close to Tarangire NP and Lake Manyara. Chem Chem will help to facilitate our beefence project with three villages who suffer crop raiding from Tarangire: Sangaiwe, Vilima Vitatu, and Kikoi.

-We continue to collect data from our trial buzz boxes, and expect that they will soon be incorporated into the human-elephant conflict mitigation initiative as an added tool in the arsenal. 

Your generous contributions over the holiday season have made the above progress possible!  You are all Silent Heroes in our eyes.

 

With Gratitude,

Dr. Hayley Adams

 
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