22 September 2021 That’s the water left
Photos from our village in Tanzania, the images show the only water left. Please notice the elephant and other animals tracks. Situations like now show the urgency of a waterhole in the village. This is a humanitarian emergency and a direct threat to wildlife. Water competition between humans and wildlife might bring encounters that can be fatal either way. Here is a clear example of the wildlife-human conflict. If not managed correctly, these desperate situations can quickly incentivize poaching.
Our village is located in a migration transit area between Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks and Ngorongoro Protected Area, Tanzania. Water competition between humans and wildlife, and encounters can be fatal either way. This is a clear example of the wildlife-human conflict. And how these desperate situations, if not managed, can easily lead to elephant poaching.
The installation of a waterhole close to the school has a positive impact on many levels:
✓ Improving human health and nutrition
- Clean water for drinking and cooking
- Piped water for basic sanitation (face washing, toilets)
- Water for the clinic
- First school garden
- Community water for crops
✓ Mitigation of human-wildlife conflict
- Minimize the risk of encounters with wildlife at the open water hole
- Having the crops in communal areas allow us to establish an efficient system to protect them against elephants and other herbivores
- We provide water; we help them preserve their food supply; they help us protect the elephants. The community understands the value of collaboration in wildlife conservation.
✓ Women’s empowerment
- Avoid the hard work of women and girls collecting water at a distant point.