We conduct our research in four pairs of matching sites across the borders between Kenya and Tanzania. These sites share similar ecological settings but differ in systems of property-holding and in the role of the state in resource governance.
They surround some of the world’s most significant protected Areas for wildlife and biodiversity: Amboseli National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro and Arusha National Parks, Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area (a UNESCO Heritage site), and Tarangire National Park. See a map of our study sites here.
Community conservancies are involved in the protection of wildlife and other forms of biodiversity, such as forests and wetlands, on set-aside lands that provide members the opportunity to benefit from tourism through employment, the sharing of entrance fees, and business opportunities, which gives them pride and a sense of ownership. The research is coordinated by one partner organization in each site.