There and Back Again: the Ecological Economics students in Tanzania 2014

It’s been nearly 2 months since the Ecological Economics study tour to Tanzania, and it's time for some highlights from the trip


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We started out the study tour in Dar es Salaam, with Dr. Paul Onyango, and with a visit to our partner institution – the University of Dar es Salaam where we were introduced to the political structure, environment, and conservation conflicts in Tanzania.

From Dar es Salaam, we made our way to Mwanza, the capital of one of five regions in Tanzania that border Lake Victoria. The geological features in this area were certainly impressive.

While based in Mwanza, we had the pleasure of meeting with the local NGO EMEDO (Environmental Management and Economic Development Organization) to learn more about the pressures being exerted on Lake Victoria and about local stakeholder engagement projects that are trying to align economic development with environmental protection and restoration. 

Through EMEDO, we were also able to interact with a couple of different local community groups, and to learn more about their thoughts on the linkages between education, health, environmental improvement, and economic development. It was a powerful experience for the group.

The study tour culminated with a focus on Serengeti National Park and its interactions with the communities now located along the western park boundary. In preparation for this part of the study tour, the students had voted to read Jan Bendler Shetler’s Imagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Time to the Present. This gave everyone an introduction into the history of the western Serengeti peoples, and to the history of the park itself.

We had the privilege of meeting with members of a community located on the border to Serengeti National Park, and with park officials to better understand the conservation-community dynamics that exist. Naturally, once we entered the park, we saw some pretty fantastic sites as well, including animals large and small, young and old, common and rare, bold and shy.

After the official study tour ended, many of the students continued on an independent trip to Zanzibar. A few of their photos are included in the slideshow, so that you can see what it was like.

It was an intense, packed, eye-opening, and positive experience for everyone, and the group photos speak for themselves. Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out both the photos from the trip (above) the student blogs that follow!

Student Blog 1-Import taxes, solar panels, and education in a small Tanzanian village

Student Blog 2-Turning waste into sustainability - the latest project from Sustainable East Africa

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