Our mission is to protect the cultures, people, landscapes and biodiversity of Tanzania through improved livelihoods and conservation.
The Dorobo Fund believes a healthy ecosystem balances the different and often competing needs of people, ecosystems, wildlife, government, and business. Today, these competing interests have never been so pronounced, with infrastructure development, shifts in livelihoods, increased food production, and a rapidly growing population.
Hadza Land Rights and Land Security Project
Our primary focus is the livelihood of hunter-gatherer and pastoral societies in the northern Tanzanian area, ensuring that their way of life is recognized and respected. We believe when communities are empowered, when they can own, manage, and benefit from their land and resources, we're all better off.
We've helped establish, advise and support the Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT), which today is one of the leading community land rights organizations in Tanzania. They are the key recipient of our funds. With our support, UCRT has:
- Pioneered and has scaled up an approach to secure community land rights. They helped secure more than 400,000 acres of new forests and rangelands in key northern Tanzanian ecosystems in 2016 alone.
- Coordinated a voluntary conservation model that protects key habitats around the Simanjiro Plains while directly benefiting local communities
- Received the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2016 in recognition of its achievements.
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Update on the Hadza, 2017
Malcolm Gladwell, in his book “The Tipping Point” builds a case through examples, for how seemingly small ideas, acts or initiatives in the right circumstances can effect significant impact and change. Whether we are talking about a couple dozen turtle nests, a few hundred hectares of land, or family planning for a group of women in the village, these relatively small initiatives can make a difference and provide the catalyst for larger scale change.
In early September, representatives from the Hadza, Akie and Sandawe tribes gathered at Tarangire Safari Lodge for two days of discussions, debate, and dancing. Some groups traveled hundreds of kilometers to reach the meeting.
The two-day meeting allowed representatives to discuss the current issues facing hunter-gatherer groups in Tanzania. Discussions focused on the effects of land loss, climate change, immigration, and modernization on their way of life and cultural preservation.
This is the third time the Dorobo Fund has co-hosted this event with Tarangire Safari Lodge in the last eight years. Recurring themes brought to the table by these tribes are the loss of land, political disenfranchisement, agricultural expansion, population growth, and climate change, and the effects these continue to have on traditional ways of life for hunter-gatherers.
Maziwe Coral Reef Conservation Project
The Maziwe Marine Reserve plays a key role in providing for the socio-economic well-being of the people in the Pangani/Ushongo area, as well as incredible recreational fun and excitement for visitors to the island.
A renewed focus for the Dorobo Fund in 2017 is the conservation of Maziwe island’s special coral reef system and associated marine-based economies. Getting the on-shore village communities, the fishermen, tourists and Marine Parks aligned will be challenging, but with marine systems under siege we are resolved to pursue this cause.
The Friends of Maziwe (FOM) patrol program is a very exciting development after several years when there has been virtually open fishing, resource extraction and even dynamiting of the Maziwe Reef system. After only 6 months there was a notable change in the abundance and size of fish and invertebrates. However, visiting marine biologist Dr Ken Clifton said it will take at least 3 years before the reef becomes a dispersal grounds for fish, improving fishing in the neighboring areas.
Suggested amounts are a minimum $50 per individual per year, $200 per family and $500 per business - we hope many will contribute or reach out to others who can help protect and sustain this beautiful island!
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Update on the Coral Reef, 2017
We’ve wrapped up another season of turtle nest relocation from Maziwe. Due to inundation of the sandbar in Maziwe Marine Reserve, turtle nests must be relocated to mainland Tanzania for successful incubation. This year, 3,500 baby turtles hatched and successfully entered the ocean with your support.
Our daily patrol boat, which monitors the reserve for illegal fishing, had no encounters with dynamite fishing within the protected area! Thanks to generous support this year, the patrol boat is now equipped with new safety equipment, a new engine and fuel tanks allowing our Friends of Maziwe Team to be even more efficient!
We are happy to share that the coral reef is thriving. We’ve even seen new and different varieties of reef fish, rays and reef sharks return to the area- all signs of a healthy reef.
Dorobo Fund, 2018
In 2018 the Dorobo Fund celebrates 20 years of its existence. As part of this commemoration, we want to give those of you who have – and who continue to make this vital work a reality – the opportunity to connect in person to the places, people and work you support in Tanzania. We’re offering an exclusive, hands-on experience in September 2018, accompanied by Dorobo Fund directors. Please email us if you’d like more information.