Wazo Hill quarry is located on the biodiversity rich areas. Mining activities in the quarry area disturbs habitats and leads to biodiversity loss. However, the mining company have been committed to sustainability thus restores mining areas after phasing out mining activities. Though restoration programs have been involving, to some extent scientists and local communities, passion and level of community’s participation have been low (Adégbidi et al., 2010). This tendency raises questions concerning local community’s awareness on the biodiversity due to the fact that community awareness and appreciation of the natural environment ultimately dictates success of biodiversity restoration activities (Adégbidi et al., 2010).  Understanding that biodiversity conservation is for the people and their livelihoods, this research wishes to assess the local communities’ awareness of biodiversity within and around Wazo Hill quarry. The results of this research can be used to design education and awareness raising programs for the local communities so as to increase level of participation and reduce unintentional disregard for wildlife and conservation. 

BIODIVERSITY AWARENESS ASSESSMENT RESERACH

Community's views. Participatory approach in biodiversity conservation is a better approach for restoring and protecting biodiversity

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22Sep

Looking ahead: increasing private-community collaboration in environmental awareness and education.

To be able to conserve biodiversity one needs to understand and value it. Lack of public awareness of biodiversity and its importance means less support in its conservation, poor utilization strategies of biodiversity resources, and eventually little readiness in addressing biodiversity issues. When looking at Wazo Hill communities, there is an equal split between those who understand biodiversity and those who do not. For those who understand, they associate biodiversity with the surrounding...

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05Sep

Preliminary findings

As a short term solution, the project recommend the Quarry management to support the community starting biodiversity restoration and conservation in their residential area in order to meet most of their biodiversity needs outside the quarry area. In so doing they will give space for the company to run its activities in piece and also restore biodiversity successfully. In the long term, the project recommends collaborative efforts between the government and the quarry management to prepare...

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01Sep

Preliminary findings

Wazo Hill Quarry is within Dar es Salam, largest commercial city in Tanzania with ever growing urban population. Population around the quarry is fast growing and settlement is expanding. Both settlement expansion and population growth is exerting pressure on biodiversity resources. Settlement expansion has led to human intrusion on the quarry area and land degradation due to increased anthropogenic activities. Encroachment has resulted into conflicts between the quarry management authorities...

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01Sep

Assessment of local communities’ awareness of biodiversity within and around Wazo Hill Quarry

Findings: Needs for biodiversity resources in the communities adjacent to the Wazo Hill Quarry is very high

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19Aug

Assessment of local communities’ awareness of biodiversity within and around Wazo Hill Quarry

Findings: Pressure on the biodiversity is high around Wazo Hill Qaurry

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19Aug

Assessment of local communities’ awareness of biodiversity within and around Wazo Hill Quarry

Pressure on the biodiversity due to human activities at the communities adjacent to the Wazo Hill Quarry is growing.

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19Aug

Rehabilitation of quarry sites need commitment

Rehabilitation of quarry sites need commitment

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05Aug

Rehabilitation of quarry sites need commitment

Rehabilitation of quarry sites need commitment

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05Aug

Industries and nature in harmony

Industries and nature in harmony

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05Aug

Biodiversity is beauty of life

Even fish manage to flourish in a quarry if they are given attention

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21Jun

Restoration of habitat is the restoration of biodiversity

Restoration of habitat is the restoration of biodiversity

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21Jun

"Once environment is restored they will come back"

Beautiful Monkey in a restore section of the quarry area - Wazo Hill

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21Jun

Field work

"More than interviews; Discussions are hot"

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12Jun

Field work

"More than interviews; Discussions are hot"

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12Jun

Assessment of local communities’ awareness of biodiversity within and around Wazo Hill Quarry

Field report – Wazo Hill Quarry data collection June 2016 Field work was conducted from 3rd – 5th June 2016 in two villages surrounding Wazo Hill Quarry. The process started with the development of the data collection tool that consisted of closed and open ended questions. Researchers visited the Quarry site for preparatory meeting before heading to the villages for data collection. In the planning phase, we intended to collect information from three sites based on the Quarry land use plan; the...

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11Jun

Assessment of local communities’ awareness of biodiversity within and around Wazo Hill Quarry

Questions about biodiversity knowledge To start with, we would like to ask few questions to measure your understanding of plants and animals that are found around the quarry area. 1. What is your understanding of the term biodiversity? a) I’ve heard about it and know what it mean b) I’ve heard about it but do not know what it mean b) I’ve never heard about it 2. What do you think best describe the term biodiversity among the following? a) Diversity of species – flora and/or fauna b)...

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11Jun

Assessment of local communities’ awareness of biodiversity within and around Wazo Hill Quarry

Biodiversity is an inherently international agenda mainstreamed as a serious global concern given attention locally, nationally, and internationally. This concern is based on the critical role biodiversity plays in providing essentials for our survival and wellbeing and so the fact that much of human well-being depends on biodiversity (Collins, 2013; Homewood et al., 2012). Throughout the world biodiversity conservation has become an important agenda, with recognition and support of the...

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22May
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