Grazing is the lifeblood of Maasai culture in northern Tanzania, and its currency is grass. Population pressure, agricultural expansion, infrastructure development and land subdivision are placing enormous pressure on savanna grassland resources in this landscape. Likewise, these same threats are endangering the region’s wildlife, which require access to community lands as critical migratory corridors and dispersal areas linked to their strongholds in iconic national parks like Tarangire and Lake Manyara.
Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are communal lands, frequently bordering national parks, that serve as grass banks for both livestock and wildlife. With BAND Foundation support, Honeyguide is working to ensure that these areas fulfill their promise to benefit both people and nature.