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These blog entries are personal reflections on sustainability partnerships by the authors and do not constitute the official views of the NEPSUS project. This website is published in Denmark where the project is funded.

January 7, 2019

When I joined the NEPSUS team in 2016 as a PhD candidate, I didn’t expect to come across wild animals in the villages. On the day of my arrival to Mloka village in March 2017, I immediately bumped into elephants at Selous Kinga Lodge. Mloka is one of the villages borde...

November 22, 2018

Anthropogenic activities have driven planet Earth into a new geological era – the ‘Anthropocene’. Our actions and practices have been reshaping landscapes and ecosystems in different parts of the world. Species and ecosystems are increasingly disappearing at an alarmin...

November 19, 2018

A central controversy is hampering plans for sustainable natural resource management in many Tanzanian villages: who owns and controls the so-called ‘open areas’? Open areas are designated village lands that can contain extensive forests. However, they have not been al...

November 13, 2018

There is an old adage among Marxists that the one thing worse than being exploited by capital is not being exploited by it at all. Capital may extract profit from surplus labour, but it is worse still for the labourer to have no one to sell their labour to. At least wi...

November 13, 2018

Since the inscription of the Selous Game Reserve into the UNESCO register of World Heritage in Danger in 2014 and increased anti-poaching measures, the number of elephants in nearby villages has drastically increased. Sadly, this success for wildlife conservation does...

November 8, 2018

New Partnerships for Sustainability (NEPSUS) is a Tanzanian-Danish research project that involves fifteen researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds and expertise. This is a great strength but, at the same time, a challenge. It was therefore not without some c...

November 2, 2018

Speaking of local community participation in the management of coastal resources in rural Mtwara, one can't avoid to emphasize the role of individual activists and local NGOs. Amida Doto (not her real name) is one of these activists. She is considered a pioneer in rais...

October 30, 2018

Wildlife, as profitable for Tanzania as it is, can be a double-edged sword for developmental progress: Crop destruction poses a serious threat on rural livelihoods.

May 14, 2018

In March 2018 I visited Mnazi Bay-Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park (MBREMP) in Mtwara as part of a field research trip with the coastal working group of the NEPSUS project to carry out data collection. The trip was a memorable event in my career as it provided an opportunity...

April 19, 2018

‘We grow crops for elephants and eat what they leave after their feasts’, Juma, resident of Tapika village in Rufiji district

Recently, I was part of the NEPSUS survey team visiting households in villages adjacent to the Selous Game Reserve in Kilwa and Rufiji Districts...

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