All our efforts on Lake Tanganyika come back to our central aim and belief. We firmly believe that well managed protected areas are critical to the health of Lake Tanganyika. These protected areas should vary in size and place from small fish breeding areas of a few hectares, to National Parks that cover thousands of square kilometers. Ultimately every protected area should have different rules and regulations on its use and utilization; all should be sustainable and all should directly benefit the people living in and near them as the foremost beneficiaries. A healthy Lake Tanganyika is key to sustainable livelihoods dependent on the lake.
However we recognize that there needs to be focused efforts that can provide an engine to our wider goals. These specific projects allow us to allocate scarce resources in an efficient manner, spread a connective message to communities and other stakeholders and as always help us raise funds towards a cause that people all over the world can connect with. There is a huge amount of overlap in our various efforts and this further allows us to make the most of what we do and have.
Everything we do can be broadly included under 2 major themes:
Resource protection and law enforcement.
We do this by coordinating and cooperating with the relevant government agencies and identifying their shortfalls and requirements. We help provide what they need in a transparent and efficient manner while being involved as partners on the ground at every step. We focus our support towards the men and women who work on the front line every day protecting wildlife and wild places against the few who aim to take from the many.
Community inclusion in all aspects of natural resource management.
The people living on and around lake Tanganyika are and always will be the primary beneficiaries of this amazing natural resource. They are also the people who deserve to be a part of all decisions as it is their lives that will be affected fore and foremost. We support a democratic inclusion of communities in all aspects of management whilst respecting the role of traditional leadership and beliefs.