‘'Locals leading and learning from the locals'‘
Landscape and Conservation Mentors Organization is a grassroots Non-Governmental and Non-Profit Organization based in Western Tanzania.
We focus on promoting, supporting, and improving community livelihoods, sustainable environmental practices, wildlife conservation, and development in rural areas surrounding protected areas.
LCMO works towards achieving the United Republic of Tanzania’s goals with respect to environmental, social, economic and cultural development in conjunction with local and international stakeholders.
To promote nature conservation and improve community livelihoods through environment conservation, conservation education, community-based conservation initiatives, ecotourism, economic development and cultural activities.
To become the leading model in promoting nature conservation and livelihood improvement through sustainable natural resources management practices in Tanzania.
April 2019: The Expedition Earth team from Nat Geo visited Mpimbwe and spent over 9 hours with stop illegal lion killing campaign team and the Sukuma community in the south of Katavi National park. Highlights of their visit are on our social media platforms.
March 2019: Jonathan joins Conservation Scientist, presents a talk to a students Conference for Conservation Scientists (SCCS) at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge,UK.
February 2019: Jonathan presents the stop lion killing campaign to an audience of students and media professionals from National Geographic partners and Fox Networks Group in UK.
November 2018, Jonathan received the Early Career grant from NGS for the Stop Illegal Lion Killing campaign in Western Tanzania.
17th November 2018, The Mpimbwe police men, community policemen and traditional policemen (Sungusungu leaders) visit Katavi National Park.
November 2018, Utku Kuran from Turkey joined LCMO as a volunteer.He assisted us in activities such as photography and school outreach. It was a pleasure having him.
November 2018, WASIMA facilitates two more villages to approve by-laws to ban illegal lion hunting and lion dancing practises in Ikulwe and Kabunde villages, in Mpimbwe.
3rd November 2018, winners of litter picking competition during World Cleanup Day visited Katavi National Park.
27th October 2018, Students from Mbede and Usevya Secondary school visited Katavi National Park
October 2018, VIMA project expanded their outreach activities to Mbede village.
19th - 21st October 2018, LCMO together with Nomad Trust Tanzania facilitated a compost training in Usevya, Kagera and Sitalike. The training was conducted by Jeff and Rita from The Guardian Project.
5th -7th October 2018, LCMO together with Nomad Trust Tanzania organized a two day bee keeping training in Kibaoni. The training was conducted by David Camara from Follow The Honey Tanzania.
October 2018, two teachers from Usevya Secondary School and Kakuni Primary school were trained on how to manage and run the library. The training took one month.
1st October 2018, Emmanuel Stephen joined LCMO as the new VIMA project manager.
5th July 2018, different stakeholders met in Usevya to discuss on Loebach-Miller project and tourism potential in the village.
LCMO receives $4000 from Sacramento zoo in 2017 to support A day in the Park project and school students.
Brevard Zoo Conservation Fund confirms to support LCMO in 2018. The funds will support a day in the park and pupils in Mpimbwe.
LCMO receives field items (2 GPS, 1 Camera and a DvD player) grant from IDEAL WILD.
Our team member Hans Cosmas Ngoteya has been selected to take part in the first class of National Geographic Leadership and development program (Read more)
We are very excited to receive a new recruitment in our team! Congratulation Jonathan Lucas Kwiyega for your new baby born.
On 1st – 6th November our team member Hans Cosmas Ngoteya visited Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT) in Kenya for a study tour to learn new conservation strategies that can be adapted back in LCMO.
September 2017 LCMO have received a total of 3170$ from our partner Nomad Tanzania to support our education projects.
In November 2017, Jonathan conducted an assessment to explore the possibilities for expansion of the WASIMA model in other areas adjacent reserves in western Tanzania. In villages around Ugalla ecosystem, lion killings and lion dancing is still there. About 300 cattle were predated by lions just in 2016. Within the first 6 days of our survey 7 cattle were killed by lions. People happily award lion avengers. Almost every livestock enclosure is protected throughout nights. People calls for help but receive least help to minimize livestock losses. We guess the presence of underground lion killings. There’re very few and far based game rangers to rescue lions at risk and frequency of lions occurrences is said to have increased in recent years than it was in the past.
WASIMA team is now expanding operations from Mpimbwe, south of Katavi National Park (4471km2) to other areas adjacent reserves. Read more
A short video of a day in the park with youth on April, 29/2017 see it here.
Watch an introduction video about VIMA project in the VIMA program page.
20th - 22nd, April 2017: Hans attended a Conservation Optimism summit in London UK, and held a session about Conservation news clips , A session to encourage conservationist to create short video clips of their studies instead of relaying on publication articles to share their result and findings.
11th, April 2017: Jonathan Meets the Tanzania Former Prime Minister Hon. Mizengo Pinda to discuss about LCMO progress in wetsern Tanzania.During the meeting Hon. Pinda was grateful of LCMO'sconservation work in western Tanzania. He encouraged LCMO to continue to address poaching, bush-fires, overstocking and lack of alternative energy sources in western Tanzania which altogether are detrimental to nature health. He recommended introduction of biogas systems installation to livestock keeping households in Mpimbwe to help to minimize over-dependence on wood fuel energy which is leading cause of high deforestation and encroachment of reserved habitats. In connection to that, Hon. Pinda who is also the key LCMO Guardian and Advisor, also insisted LCMO and other conservation stakeholders to join forces to promote both wildlife and cultural conservation which are key tourists attractions in Mpimbwe, the district in the south of Katavi National Park, Luafi and Mlele game reserves.
27th March 2017: 'Stop -illegal lion killings. Are we succeeding? WASIMA has finally
managed to evaluate the stop illegal lion killing project in
Mpimbwe. We appreciate the contribution made by Experiment .com backers:
18th March 2017: VIMA hosted an Outreach Environmental event at Usevya Village, an event that brought together more than 500 youths from the seven schools reached by the project, and attracted more than 1000 community members. An event aimed for youth to educate other community members about environment conservation through different talents e.g. Ngoma dance, singing, Comedy, drama. etc...! visit our Facebook page for photo updates. This wouldn't be possible without the help of our supporters http://www.lcmo.or.tz/our-supporters/
January 2017: Jonathan and Hans attend a workshop for the IUCN integrated planning project in Sumbawanga.
December 2016: Hans awarded a Rufford small grant 5000GBP for VIMA project.
December 2016: Jonathan visits Inyonga to investigate expansion of WASIMA in partnership with ADAP.
November 2016: Successful Experiment.com campaign, raised $3000 for evaluation of WASIMA effectiveness in Mpimbwe.
October 2016: Jonathan was invited as the guest of Honor at Mbede secondary school.
September 2016: Hans awarded a Biodiversity Fellowship with Interdisciplinary Center for Conservation Science (ICCS) Team at Oxford University.
September 2016: Jonathan receives second bridge funds from UC Davis.
August 2016: Jonathan’s pilot visit to Uvinza-Kigoma and Kaliua-Tabora to explore possibilities for extension.
July 2016: Project Manager Jonathan receives bridge funds from UC Davis.
July 2016: Hans and Jonathan attend a strategy meeting with Tim and Monique in Arusha.
May 2016: WASIMA Project Manager invited to Katavi National Park General Management Plan review.
February 2016: LCMO registered to combine forces of WASIMA and VIMA, and expand operations.
January 2016: Jonathan and Hans attend Pathways Kenya 2016 training workshop scholarship.
October 2015: Jonathan invited to Tanzania National Environment Policy Review Workshop in Mbeya.
January 2015: Jonathan and Hans attend workshop for the IUCN integrated planning project in Sumbawanga.
May 2015: Jonathan extends WASIMA campaign to 20 villages with BCI funding.
May 2015: VIMA project received an additional fund from National Geographic for USD $5000. And VIMA Project Manager Hans Cosmas Ngoteya was awarded a National Geographic Young Explorer title.
December 2015: Successful Experiment.com campaign, raised USD $5000 for WASIMA car.
January 2015: We have received funding from TUSK TRUST for the VIMA project a total of USD $20,000.
January 2015: The UYEC project name changed to Vijana na Mazingira (VIMA).
November 2014: We have received funding from TUSK TRUST that will assist in running costs of Youth Center activities up to 30th September 2015.
October 2014: Welcome to Hans Cosmas Ngoteya – Project Manager for Usevya Youth and Education Center (UYEC).
May 2014 – April 2015: Project Manager Bwasama Silvester extended WASIMA campaign to 14 villages with BCI funding.
2014: Publication of Fitzherbert et al (2014). From Avengers to Hunters. Biological Conservation 174: 84-92, with support of WildCRU (Oxford).
August 2013: Raleigh Tanzania team visits Usevya for three weeks working on fuel efficient stoves.
August 2013: Welcome Wildlife Conservation Society, in support of the Mpimbwe Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
July 2013: In partnership with the Nomad Trust, Raleigh Tanzania are working on a rocket stove project, in Usevya near the Katavi National Park. Rocket stoves are a type of clean and efficient stove using wood burnt in a high-temperature combustion chamber built out of bricks and insulated with mud and ash. These stoves require less fuel, which means fewer trees are chopped down, and are safer for children to be around, compared to the old ‘three-stone’ stoves. Each stove costs about 2000 Tzs, just over $1, for 20 bricks and the family provide the cow dung, ash, water and sand. That is all that’s needed to build the stoves that positively impact a family's everyday life, as well as reduces deforestation.
June 2013 – March 2014: Project Manager Simone Beccaria expanded WASIMA campaign to 8 villages with BCI funding.
October 2012: Genda et al. published account of founding WASIMA in Kakuona.
2012: Project Manager Emily Fitzherbert initiated WASIMA campaign, developed training materials, and established park visits with BCI funding.
23 October 2012: The 22 Dell laptops, donated by California State University Fullerton, are currently undergoing setup for Windows XP. This is one step closer before the laptops depart from California and arrive to the new Usevya Youth Center in Mpimbwe.
9 July 2012: The Prime Minister’s Office generously agrees to sponsor the shipping costs to bring 22 Dell laptop computers to the new Usevya Youth Center in Mpimbwe.
5 June 2012: 22 Dell laptop computers have been donated through California State University, Fullerton’s Mpimbwe Project Philanthropic Foundation. The gift was arranged by CSU Fullerton’s Women and Gender Studies Program as part of their new “Sister Cities” project–a project that gives CSU Fullerton students the opportunity to learn about Tanzania and to support the Mpimbwe community in their efforts toward economic development. These generous donations will make it possible for the community to have its very first solar-powered computer lab, connecting Mpimbwe to the Internet and to the world.
25 May 2012: First use of the coaster, for an educational tour for village and Sungusungu leaders on 25 May, once the rains had subsided.
1 May 2012: The coaster for the Day in the Park project arrived in Mpimbwe.
2012: Collaborating with Usevya Development Society (UDESO) to Initiation and construction of Usevya Youth and Education Center (UYEC).
August 2011: Founding workshop attended by Regional, District, local and traditional community representatives.
2011: Peter Genda and Emily Fitzherbert found WASIMA campaign after Emily’s research with Omari Kwilasa showing strong resentment among Sukuma against lion dancers requesting rewards for lions hunted in the national park.
WASIMA aims to develop a culture of strong local environmental stewardship by harnessing the power of traditional policing institutions in halting illegal lion killings, linking environmental education, local development and environmental conservation.
VIMA is a capacity-building project that provides conservation education and livelihood-focused interventions to youth aged 12-35 in villages located in a remote rural region south of Katavi National Park, in western Tanzania.
LCMO works with both local and international partners in fundraising, research, harmonizing human and wildlife coexistence.
Our partners include: