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Land for life

Our Land for Life project is supporting community efforts to help people and wildlife thrive in Kenya and Tanzania.

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Land for Life appeal

Thank you to everyone who supported our UK Aid Match appeal, which ran from 2 November 2020 to 1 February 2021 and allowed your donations to have double the impact.  

Together we raised £4.76 million during the appeal, including £2 million from the UK government. Donations for the Land for Life project are supporting vital community efforts to help people and wildlife coexist and thrive in Kenya and Tanzania. Funds are also supporting WWF’s wider conservation work around the world. 

Portrait of age group chief Taporu Lemanyi while standing in his boma. Embirika, Kajiado county, Kenya.

The project

The Maasai people have lived successfully alongside wildlife such as elephants and lions for centuries. But the land around them is changing – under pressure from privatisation, growing human population, poorly planned development and expanding agriculture.

Fences and roads are increasing the fragmentation of habitats in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. The destruction and loss of grasslands, forests and freshwater habitats has brought new problems. For one thing, with less land to share, there’s more contact and conflict between people and wild animals – which often doesn’t end well. When wildlife threatens your livelihood, conservation becomes less of a priority.

A tower/group of giraffes seen at Mikumi National Park in Tanzania.

Poverty is common in this region. Climate change, and more recently, Covid-19, has made lives and livelihoods even more precarious. Communities who had put so much effort into sustainable ecotourism projects saw them all but collapse in 2020. Many people face food shortages. In the struggle to earn a living some have been resorting to unsustainable activities, such as wildlife poaching or cutting down trees for fuelwood.

The Maasai need urgent assistance, as does the wildlife in their care. That’s where our Land for Life project comes in. 

Where are we working?

Our Land for Life project forms part of WWF’s wider work in the southern Kenya, northern Tanzania region, spanning from Lake Victoria to the Indian ocean.

Stretching between the national parks of the Mara-Serengeti and Amboseli-Kilimanjaro are vast community lands that provide vital habitat and movement routes for wildlife known as ‘wildlife corridors’. Our Land for Life project covers 8,423 km² of these precious landscapes including the Loita forest in Kenya and Lake Natron in Tanzania. These areas include grassland savannahs, dense forests and freshwater systems, which are critical for both people and wildlife.

The project site has many important wildlife corridors, essential for species such as elephants, lions, leopards, cheetah, wild dog and wildebeest to move across this landscape, following traditional migration routes and dispersal patterns. 

For further information please visit our FAQ page.

Map of Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania that outlines the Land for Life project area

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