“Locals leading and learning from the locals”
What We Do
By combining research, conservation and development, we are tackling interconnected issues such as the lack of dependable water sources, inadequate educational resources, unsustainable natural resource use and human wildlife conflict. This website showcases the different project strands that have involved many sponsors and stakeholders.
LCMO is based in Mpimbwe District Council and currently working in villages bordering Katavi National park in the south and some parts of Sikonge and Nkasi District which host significant habitats for wildlife.
Bahati joined Vijana na Mazingira; VIMA project in 2016 as a village assistant. He assists in coordinating our weekly environmental classes, park trips, data collection, seminars and conservation film shows. Bahati enjoys working with youths and through VIMA, he is fulfilling his dream of working with local communities to instill a commitment to environmental stewardship in Katavi’s next generation and encourage more sustainable practices that are less harmful to the environment.
Charles joined LCMO In May 2018 as WASIMA Assistant Project Manager. He is a passionate conservationist with Bachelor Degree in Wildlife Managament from The College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka. His efforts focuses on working with local communities living near protected areas to build coexistence with wildlife and also promoting sustainable use of natural resources. He is also interested with different human cultures and wildlife photography.
Jonathan has been WASIMA project manager since 2015. He holds a Master of Science degree in Management of Natural Resources for Sustainable Agriculture, Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania) and has broad natural resource management experience. He is a teacher, gifted speaker and author of How to Glow Your Genius and Develop Your Talent.
Emmanuel joined LCMO - VIMA project in October 2018. He holds a BSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation, University of Nairobi. Previously, he worked for Southern Tanzania Elephant Program (STEP) as a research and education officer where he participated in field data collection, data analysis and elephant conservation advocacy. Emmanuel has also worked with a section of Tanzania parliamentarians (The Champions) in advocacy and policy lobbying. Emmanuel also loves wildlife photography.
Peter is the Assistant Program Director at WCS Ruaha-Katavi Landscape Program. Previously, he was a tutor at College of African Wildlife Management (Mweka) and was project manager and developer of the WASIMA project.
Tim Caro is UC Davis Professor of Wildlife Conservation and Fish Biology. He works on predator and antipredator behavior, biodiversity assessments, and conservation, and has a very long research record in Tanzania. He is currently investigating the evolutionary enigma of why zebras are black and white.
Monique Borgerhoff Mulder is UC Davis Professor of Anthropology with over 17 years' experience working in Mpimbwe. She specializes in quantitative demographic and economic analyses, and has published (with P. Coppolillo) Conservation: Linking Ecology, Economics and Culture (Princeton University Press, 2005).
Hans Ngoteya is a conservationist from Tanzania with a passion for filming and photography and His ultimate goal is to develop and explore practical solutions to solving emerging conservation challenges, through a combination of skills, knowledge, passion, and experience. Hans is a 2016 National Geographic Young Explorer grantee.
Vanessa did her PhD at Oxford on soft coral biodiversity, conservation and phylogenetics. Soft corals (a.k.a octocorals) are an understudied group of corals found all over the world from deep to shallow waters in both polar and tropical seas. She has years of experience in field work, lab work(genetics and species identification), mentoring, lecturing, and tutoring. she also have a passion for photography and anything creative.