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Serengeti Ecosystem Development & Conservation Project

Promoting conservation-compatible development

FZS and Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) are working to co-implement a  project co-financed by BMZ through KfW entitled: Serengeti Ecosystem Development and Conservation Project (SEDCP). The project aims to make large strides toward reconciling development needs of the communities adjacent to the Serengeti ecosystem with conservation goals.


The project partners acknowledge that economic development within the Serengeti ecosystem is urgently needed, but that this should not come at the expense of irreplaceable biodiversity or the incredible economic contribution that Serengeti provides to the national and local economies. SEDCP aims to provide conservation-compatible, tangible development opportunities to communities.


SEDCP actions include:

1. Measures for strengthening sustainable ecosystem management, and mechanisms for sharing benefits with the communities adjacent to the eastern and western park borders

2. Rehabilitation of feeder roads to improve transport of goods and services

3. Improvement of social and economic village infrastructure

4. Infrastructure and support measures for strengthening resource protection and environmental sustainability within Serengeti National Park


The project implementation of SEDCP will be done by TANAPA with support from FZS, and in close collaboration with our partners: the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism and the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Districts.


FZS will provide support for strengthening community engagement in conservation, including village land-use plans in both Districts and development of alternative income generating activities. FZS will continue its facilitation of Community-Based Natural Resources Management through capacity-building, conservation planning, game scout and natural resource management training. FZS will also work with partners to develop and promote equitable benefit-sharing linked to natural resource conservation.

Serengeti Conservation for Development Challenge

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Participants of the Workshop on Selection Criteria for the 'Serengeti Conservation for Development Challenge' - Photograph Abel Mtui

FZS is working with the Serengeti National Park to develop mechanisms for improving benefit-sharing. The “Serengeti Conservation for Development Challenge” is proposed as a way to improve the equitability and transparency of the allocation of benefits to communities from the Serengeti National Park. This is envisioned to be a competitive program aiming at rewarding villages with social infrastructure that are committing themselves to conservation of natural resources.

Participatory Village Land-use Plans

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Participatory Mapping - Photograph Nelly Boyer
Participatory land-use planning can address multiple social, economic and conservation objectives. They can also help reduce the potentially adverse impacts of unplanned development within communities by strengthening their property rights and increasing their ability to benefit from natural resources, as well as reducing conflict. FZS works with villages adjacent to protected areas to develop scientifically-informed participatory land-use plans, and develop incentives for their implementation

FZS-SEMA & the Serengeti National Park

For more than 50 years, FZS has been working closely with Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA). In the Serengeti ecosystem, FZS-SEMA works with the Serengeti National Park through support for the community outreach department and community benefit-sharing schemes, wildlife monitoring, the Seronera visitor’s center, and park management infrastructure. The FZS Serengeti ecosystem Management office compliments other FZS projects in the Serengeti focusing on the conservation and protection of the Serengeti National Park - visit Serengeti Conservation Project page