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WWF Japan Visits the SOKNOT Landscape for a fundraising mission

WWF Japan visited the SOKNOT Landscape to learn about and monitor the success and challenges of the Elephant project., The team aimed to gather stories from beneficiaries in the field for fundraising purposes. They also had the opportunity to observe and understand the successes and challenges of other projects implemented with WWF Tanzania in the Mkomazi sub-landscape

Their adventure began with an awe-inspiring sight—rhinos grazing peacefully in the park. This moment was not only a testament to the success of ongoing conservation projects but also a symbol of hope for the future. The rhinos, once on the brink of extinction, were now thriving under the watchful eye of dedicated conservationists.

The team's journey continued as they ventured into the local communities, where they saw the tangible impact of their work. Schools, once struggling due to a lack of water, now had access to clean water thanks to the infrastructure installed by WWF Japan. These water systems, however, bore the scars of past conflicts with elephants. The massive creatures, in their quest for food and water, had destroyed much of the original infrastructure.

In Korogwe District Council, the team witnessed the benefits of the newly renovated and installed water tanks. Rainwater collected in these tanks now provided drinking and cooking water for students and nearby residents. This vital resource had transformed daily life, offering a reliable source of water in an area where scarcity was a constant threat.

The visit also highlighted the ongoing Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC). The team walked through fields of sisal, a vital crop for the local economy, ravaged by elephants. They listened intently as community members shared their struggles, detailing the destruction wrought by these majestic yet troublesome neighbors. This feedback was crucial, providing insights that would shape future conservation strategies.

In response to these challenges, WWF Japan handed over new HEC equipment to the communities. These tools, designed to mitigate the impact of elephant raids, offered a glimmer of hope for those striving to coexist with wildlife.

Throughout their visit, the team collected stories—tales of resilience, struggle, and hope. These narratives would become powerful tools in their fundraising efforts, bringing the realities of conservation to supporters far and wide.

As their field mission drew to a close, the WWF Japan team reflected on the progress made and the work still to be done. They left with a promise: to continue supporting elephant and rhino conservation efforts in the Mkomazi sub-landscape. Their commitment to these majestic animals and the communities that live alongside them remained unwavering.

In the end, the visit was a reminder of the interconnectedness of conservation and community. By working together, both people and wildlife could thrive, ensuring a sustainable and harmonious future for the SOKNOT Landscape.

© Gladith Yoabu
WWF Japan in SOKNOT handing over equipment to keep away elephants and other wildlife from homesteads and farms
© Gladith Yoabu