SNAPP TEAM:Wildlife Corridor Restoration
What evidence is required for wildlife corridor restoration interventions in human-inhabited landscapes, and how do we include these in the restoration management process?

Natural wildlife movement corridors are being restored in fragmented landscapes to reconnect animal populations and restore wildlife habitats. This can benefit people, enhancing soil and water quality, and biodiversity. Another critical goal of corridor restoration is to reduce human-wildlife conflict by managing wildlife movement through village land. This working group will co-create interdisciplinary evidence that can inform tree restoration in agricultural landscapes in a way that balances the needs of people with the ecological targets of the restoration. The group will develop guidance on processes and tools that should be used when planning and implementing sustainable tree restoration projects in the rural tropics.

 

OUR APPROACH: In southern Tanzania, local NGO STEP is facilitating a pioneering restoration of the Kilombero Elephant Corridor for co-management by communities and government stakeholders. With this area as a case study, our team will use tools and data from natural and social sciences to document the realities of tree restoration interventions in the field. We will evaluate conflict hotspots, highlight critical data gaps and develop a bottom-up approach for restoration management in human-modified landscapes elsewhere.

Team Status: NEW
Team Critical Challenge: Social Innovations
Goals
  • Synthesize data to map benefits and drawbacks from wildlife corridor restoration projects in the agricultural landscape, evaluate conflict tolerance and identify mitigation solutions
  • Use the evidence to answer questions on what tree species to plant to benefit wildlife and people, and how to manage corridors for ecological and human well-being
  • Work with farmers (small-holder and industry), government and the conservation sector to co-develop guidance for practice and policy contexts, to guide natural wildlife corridor restoration
Team
Leaders
Trevor Jones
Southern Tanzania Elephant Program
Andrew Marshall
University of Sunshine Coast Australia & Reforest Africa
Marion Pfeifer
Newcastle University
Deo Shirima
Sokoine University of Agriculture / Reforest Africa
Members
Lauren Barnes
Newcastle University
Sergio Guerreiro-Milheiras
Newcastle University
Tom Hilton
Colorado State University
Roy Hinde
Udzungwa Mountains National Park
Christina Kibwe
Tanzania National Parks Authority
Renatus Magesa
TNC
Christopher Mahonge
Sokoine University of Agriculture
Simon Mosha
Tanzania Forest Conservation Group
Joseph Mwalugelo
Southern Tanzania Elephant Program
Leander Raes
IUCN
Susannah Sallu
Leeds University
Advisors
Stephen Rushton
Newcastle University
Chira Schouten
TNC Northern Tanzania
Josephine Smit
Stirling University and Southern Tanzania Elephant Program
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