Pastoralist, agro-pastoralist and hunter-gatherer communities have traditionally occupied the semiarid and arid areas of northern Tanzania, where they have managed the land sustainably, supporting both themselves and the wildlife that live there. In these areas the availability of the essential services, such as water, healthcare and education, is limited. Threats of land alienation and increasing resource degradation add to the insecurity of these natural resource dependent livelihood systems. Many members of these communities require the skills, knowledge and self-confidence to take part in decision-making processes over land and natural resource access, use and management.
UCRT is a non-profit environmental and social justice organisation that empowers marginalized indigenous groups to secure rights to their natural resources and land in order to improve their livelihoods. UCRT believes that empowering these communities is a fundamental step towards a just and sustainable society. It achieves this by:
Strengthened livelihoods and social justice for pastoralist, hunter-gatherer, and agro-pastoralist communities through security over land and natural resources and sustainable community based natural resource management.
To strengthen community capacity to improve their livelihoods, to secure rights to land and natural resources, and to sustainably manage them.
Where we work
UCRT works across 85 villages in various districts of northern Tanzania. These largely rangeland areas support pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, and hunter-gatherers who are all being affected by rapid environmental change. Working in solidarity with these groups, UCRT’s geographic structure enables it to ground itself in local contexts while maintaining a broader view of issues that permeate northern Tanzania. Working areas include:
6. Yaeda Valley & Lake Eyasi (one area within parts of Mbulu, Karatu, and Mkalama Districts)