Pressures on the Serengeti Ecosystem

Elephant_with_calfFrom its very birth, Tanzania has a remarkable record of conservation.It has set aside more than 540 terrestrial protected areas, about 38% of its territory, more than any other nation on earth. Learn more here.

But the habitat wisely set aside for protection at independence was done when the population of Tanzania was only about 10 million people. Now the population is pushing 43 million!

Tanzanian Population Growth (Click to Enlarge)

By definition, protected areas restrict access by people, while protecting wildlife. It is easy to see why these areas are now under threat – human population increasingly restricts wildlife habitat, and human needs put pressure on the government to justify the existence of protected areas.

If the world wants to protect areas like the Serengeti, it must be willing to help host governments maintain them and make sure that benefits flow to the people.

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