beginning her career at Ngorongoro Primary School. She is presently principal of Sungu Primary, a school on Mt. Kilimanjaro. She has been instrumental in designing conservation curriculum subjects for the area’s educational system, setting up school nurseries to supply trees for environmental restoration in the Kilimanjaro watershed, inspiring regular clean-up days, introducing area-wide Environmental Day celebrations and leading adult awareness campaigns for conservation.
She has also worked with a number of women’s tree planting groups which have established tree nurseries and collectively raised awareness about programs that can be implemented at a grassroots level to relieve the strain on natural ecosystems. Such initiatives protect water sources from excessive erosion and pollution. Sungu Primary is on the southern slope of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the primary watershed for much of northern Tanzania. Communities who live on the mountain are banding together to share information and design wise-use practices in order to protect the local streams which feed the rivers supplying water and electricity to downstream users.
Elizabeth has always been an important cornerstone of the ABCP, working alongside her fellow teachers in implementing important work for community and environmental needs in this impressively beautiful and ecologically important area. The programs they have helped establish not only protect the environment, but lead to economic empowerment in the lives of their friends and neighbors.
Dismas at Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Dismas Macha, ABCP Co-director, has held a professional position with the Natural Resources Department of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) since 1990, and is now a Senior Assistant Conservation Officer. In this capacity he has witnessed the numerous threats that are impinging on Africa’s natural ecosystems of flora and fauna.
He writes, “The world is undergoing an extinction crisis – the most rapid loss of biodiversity in the planet’s history – and this loss is likely to accelerate as the climate changes. The impact of climate change on wildlife is already notable at local, regional and global levels. The direct impact on species that humans make use, of or with which we compete, affects human communities in a very immediate way; the loss of biodiversity is our loss as well.”
The NCA, one of Africa’s most notable protected areas, covers a total area of over 3,000 square miles, and is considered one of the natural wonders of the world. Lying along the East African Rift System, at its center is an extinct volcanic caldera 10-12 miles in diameter. It is part of the Serengeti ecosystem of Tanzania and Kenya, and because the whole system has been pro-
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