AfricanBioServices holds first consortium meeting in Mugumu, Serengeti

The AfricanBioServices project held its first stakeholders’meeting involving all the partner institutions in Mugumu, Serengeti, Tanzania on 6-10 December 2015. A total of 83 participants (Annex 1) from all the 13 participating institutions attended the meeting. This provided a good opportunity for the partners to review activities that had been implemented since the project started and work plans for the next period. From these presentations, partners were asked to refine their work plans based on lessons learned from previous projects. It was agreed that this would enable the project to avoid duplicating completed work.


Group photo at the consortium meeting. Photo: Frode Fossøy/NINA

Each work package convened break-out meetings to review their work plans in more detail and identify teams and contact persons that would be responsible for their tasks. These meetings identified communication and internal coordination as being key challenges that had slowed progress. Teams therefore made plans for periodic meetings for instance through teleconferences where they could share progress reports and review their work plans. Plate 2 shows the meeting convened by Work Package 1 as an example.


Side meeting convened by Work Package 1. Photo: Bernard Bett/ILRI

One of the most interesting sessions of the meeting was a general discussion forum between the consortium members and a number of stakeholders that had been invited to participate the meeting.
These stakeholders included:

•  Mr. Seth Ayo Manager, Maswa Game Reserve, Tanzania
•  Mr. Dominant Sawe Representing Bunda District Executive Director, Tanzania
•  Mr. James Sindiyo Narok Wildlife Forum, Kenya
•  Mr. Elibariki Bajuta District Game Officer, Ngorongoro, representing the District Executive Director, Tanzania
•  Mr. Dickson Mrema Assistant Project Manager Ikorongo- Grumeti Game Reserve, Tanzania
•  Mr. Willy Loigero Chief Officer Narok County Government, Kenya
•  Mr. Moses Ole Kuyioni Chief Park Warden Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
•  Mr. William Mwakilema Chief Park Warden, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
•  Mr. Rogastian Msafiri Chief Human Resources and Administration Officer, TAWIRI

Discussions held were structured under three topics: (i) clarifying the objectives and design of the project, (ii) identifying ways of disseminating the project outputs more effectively, and (iii) defining the role of the project Management Policy. This forum allowed the stakeholders to learn more about the project as they sought clarifications on several issues including criteria that were used for selecting the study sites and how the project would address livestock movement. The forum also identified some of the ways of disseminating the project outputs including involvement of schools, religious organizations, use of exchange visits, and supporting income generating activities especially those implemented by women groups.

The general discussion session helped to define some of the roles of Management Policy platform. Its scope was defined to include the identification of challenges that have compromised successful implementation of the existing policies on sustainable use of resources within the study area, and prioritising those that could be addressed by the project. An interesting example on the utilization of revenues from some of the Mara conservancies was discussed. The project learned that part of the revenues generated from the conservancies was being used to purchase more livestock, and as the livestock population increased, the buffer zones were being encroached upon for livestock grazing. This was expected to introduce more pressure on the natural resources that these conservancies sought to protect. More work will be done to understand these dynamics from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The last session was a General Assembly (GA) convened on the last day of the meeting to review all the recommendations made throughout the meeting. The GA proposed that each institution needed to develop more detailed descriptions of the activities they intended to do under each work package. These will include setting out specific research questions, hypotheses, expected outcomes and time lines. The GA also recommended that causal links connecting the research questions and hypotheses within and across the work packages needed to be described clearly.

The next partners meeting will be held in Kenya in Narok County in February 2017.

Bernard Bett, ILRI

Annex 1: Participants of the AfricanBioServices project’s stakeholders meeting held at the Giraffe hotel, Mugumu on 6-10 December, 2015






1 Ahmed Mustafa Driver ILRI
2 Ally Nkwabi Researcher TAWIRI
3 Angela Mwakatobe Researcher TAWIRI
4 Bård G. Stokke Researcher NTNU
5 Benson S. Kamaamia Driver Narok Wildlife Forum
6 Bente Graae Professor NTNU
7 Bernard Bett Scientist ILRI
8 Bukombe John Researcher TAWIRI
9 Daniel Mutiso Mr ILRI
10 Dennis Rentsch Project Leader FZS
11 Devolent Mtui Researcher TAWIRI
12 Dickson J. Mrema SGW Ikorongo-Grumeti
13 Dominant Sawe For District Executive Director-Bunda Bunda District Council
14 Edward P.M. Ojema Cartographer DRSRS
15 Eivin Røskaft Professor NTNU
16 Elibariki Bajuta Wildlife Officer Ngorongoro District Council
17 Emilian Mayemba Field assistant Grongen
18 Emillian Kihwele Ecologist TANAPA-SENAPA
19 Erick P. Urio Driver TAWIRI
20 Ernest E. Mjingo Researcher TAWIRI
21 Evalyn Sevuri Planning Officer UDOM
22 Flora Fabian Professor UDOM
23 Flora Magige Senior Lecturer UDSM
24 Francis Wanyoike Mr ILRI
25 Frank Kaswamila Mr Maswa Game Reserve
26 Fredrick Anase Accountant UDSM
27 Frode Fossøy Researcher NTNU
28 Gabriel L. Mjema Accountant UDOM
29 Gerald Mafuru GIS Officer SENAPA
30 Gine R. Skjærvø Researcher NTNU
31 Gordon Ojwang Scientist DRSRS
32 Grant Hopcraft Researcher Fellow University, Glasgow
33 Grayson G. Mwakalebe Researcher TAWIRI
34 Gundula Bartzke Researcher Univ. of Hohenheim
35 Hadia Hajji Office Management Secretary TAWIRI
36 Hamza Kija Researcher TAWIRI
37 Han Olff Professor Univ. Groningen
38 Harold Basinda Chief Accountant TAWIRI
39 Idd I. Masarange Driver SENAPA
40 Inger de Jonge Researcher Univ. Groningen
41 Itael S. Nassary Accountant TAWIRI
42 Jafari R. Kideghesho Professor SUA
43 James Odeck Professor NTNU
44 James S. Sindiyo Member Narok Wildlife Forum
45 James Speed Scientist NTNU
46 Janemary Ntalwila Researcher TAWIRI
47 Joke Bakker Researcher Univ. Groningen
48 Joseph M. Mukeka GIS Modeller KWS
49 Joseph O. Ogutu Statistician UHOH
50 Julius Keyyu Researcher TAWIRI
51 Julius W. Nyahongo Professor UDOM
52 Juma Mkwizu Driver TAWIRI
53 Kjetil Bevanger Scientific Advisor NINA
54 Lucy Njino Principal Geoinformational Officer DRSRS
55 Machoke Mwita Researcher TAWIRI
56 Majaliwa N. Ndelani Game warden Ikorongo-Grumeti
57 Maria Mngulwi Asst. Lecturer SUA
58 Martin R. Nielsen Researcher IFRO/KU
59 Maulid Pemba Driver NDC-Loliondo
60 Merceline A. Ojwala Technical Officer DRSRS
61 Michiel Veldhuis Researcher Univ. of Groningen
62 Moses P. Kuyioni Chief Park Warden Narok County Government
63 Norman Owena Smith Professor Wits University
64 Onesmo Mwakabejela Driver TAWIRI
65 Ophery O. Ilomo Chief Lab. Scientist UDSM
66 Othman C. Othman Professor UDSM
67 Pius Y. Kavana Researcher TAWIRI
68 Raphael Katte Driver DC-Mugumu
69 Richard D. Lyamuya Research Officer TAWIRI
70 Richard Ndaskoi Driver TAWIRI
71 Robert Fyumagwa Director-SWRC TAWIRI
72 Roel May Researcher NINA
73 Rogastian Msafiri Cheif Human Resource and Administartion Officer TAWIRI
74 Sabyasachi Mukhopadhyay Researcher Univ. Hohenheim
75 Sabyasachi Mukhopadhyay Manager Wildlife Division (Maswa G. Reserve)
76 Shombe Hassan Professor SUA
77 Silvia Alonso Researcher ILRI
78 Sophia Z. Constantine Secretary-SWRC TAWIRI
79 Stuart W. Smith Researcher NTNU
80 Vedasto Ndibalema Asst. Professor SUA
81 Victor Nzagi Driver DC-Bunda
82 William S. Mwakilema Chief Park Warden SENAPA
83 Willy Loigero Chief Officer Tourism and Wildlife Narok County Government