About Us

Message from The Founder :

 » My fear is the direction in which people are taken by the wave of economic growth. Material accumulation for honour and pride has been the major force driving people away from the connection with nature they had when human beings lived on what was offered by the environment around them; we have lost this as the current world is growing more towards materialism than humanism.

Moreover, there is no balance in sharing what nature offers; this has been one of the reasons why people have forgotten the knowledge given by nature. They are facing a constant increase in living expenses with no proper reliable employment 

Agriculture and fishing have also not been paying enough. All these playing key factors in poaching and destructive exploitation of the resources such as the charcoal business. 

Policies made should reconsider how distribution between the institution and the communities is done. There is also a need to emphasize the promotion of conservation knowledge and community involvement in the decision-making process.

International organization and institution can share their knowledge, experience and funds in promoting decision making for sustainable livelihood. 

This is why SANA for more than 10 years has its doors open for anyone who wishes to contribute to community-based conservation. « 

Costantine Coucoulis

Theory for change

With the growth of the population of Tanzania (55million, 2011 Census), human settlements are expanding exponentially and encroaching on the natural environment. Tanzania today loses more than 400,000 hectares of its forest land every year. This destruction disrupts some of the most unique ecosystems due to deforestation and logging for purposes of agriculture, construction and charcoal business.

Amongst these endangered forest areas are wildlife corridors which offer Natural vegetation based habitat that facilitates the movement of wildlife species between two or more protected areas. Despite being essential for maintaining the ecological integrity of protected areas, wildlife corridors in Tanzania experience pressure from development ventures and local communities activities.

the Kikwati corridor

Recognizing the importance of Wildlife Corridors, for more than 10 years, Saving Africa’s Nature in Tanzania (SANA) has embarked on a mission to restore the ecological balance of endangered the Kikwati Wildlife Corridor by reducing the impact of human activities. The Kikwati Wildlife Corridor is located at Gongo Village and it provides a Natural link for Wildlife species migrating between Saadani National Park and Wami Mbiki Wildlife Management Area.  

Stop deforestation !

Currently, the Kikwati Wildlife Corridor is facing extreme threat from the local villages and communities. In Saving Africa’s Nature in Tanzania’s (SANA) most recent survey, between 10 – 15 households work to produce charcoal in Gongo Village, with each cutting an average of 25 trees per month. Additionally, up to 80% of the population in Gongo Village practice unsustainable methods of agriculture. 

And for all the outlined reasons, SANA has selected Gongo Village as a pilot location in order to restore the ecological balance of the Kikwati wildlife corridor. SANA believes in Community based Conservation as the sustainable model for conservation, we believe if local communities are empowered with skills and tools they are the best stewards of their environment.

Meet Our team

Mr. Baraka Kalangahe

Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Costantin Coucoulis

Founder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Nancy Shadrack

Board member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Gary Roberts

Board member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Yusuph Masanja

Board member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Maggy Frias

Board member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jason John

Board member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Fanuel Joseph

Project director