Update : November 13, 2017
After a long battle for land rights, grazing rights, the government of Tanzania has cancelled the hunting license of OBC in Loliondo. Read more here.
Update : February 17, 2015
The ICCA Consortium received notification through various networks and members of an operation carried out by Serengeti National Park against the Maasai residents of villages bordering the park in the villages of Ololosokwan and Arash in Loliondo (see previous alert).
As reported in the Tanzanian media, this incident involved the destruction of over 100 homesteads, as well as food and other family supplies, the confiscation of livestock, and alleged violence committed against members of the community.
- Read our press release here.
- Find here our press release diffused in the Tanzanian media IPP media.com.
- Find here some news in Swahili.
- Read here the important support received by the European Parliament, which has been relayed in The Citizen.
Watch this powerful participative video made, despite intimidation, harassment, accusations and direct threats, by 6 members of the Maasai community, from three distinct clans, who have been battling over twenty years to protect their territory.
Update: May 6, 2013
An international consortium of local communities, indigenous peoples and NGOs express concern to the Tanzanian Government that the proposed Loliondo Game Controlled Area (GCA) will threaten both conservation and local livelihood interests.
On March 6th 2013, the ICCA Consortium wrote a letter of concern over an impending decision on land right in Loliondo.
There was a press release for this alert.
Considering the following articles, it seemed that this alert was concluded positively. From the Guardian newspaper: “Tanzania ditches plan to evict Masai for Serengeti ‘wildlife corridor’ “.
Much more information on the outcomes of this matter can be found here, in these press releases and website extracts:
- The Maliasili Initiative: ” Loliondo: Maasai Women Stand Up for Their Land Rights and Their Conservation Track Record”
- An article in The Guardian, written by Maanda Ngoitiko and Fred Nelson, respectively Director of a Consortium Member organisation – the Pastoral Women Council of Tanzania – and Consortium Honorary Member: “What Africa can learn from Tanzania’s remarkable Masai lands rights victory“
- You will find a video in this article: ” Tanzania tribe evicted from ancestral land “
The role of the ICCA Consortium was echoed in these articles:
- From the Tanzania Daily News Tanzania: ” Consortium of NGOs Takes Loliondo Matter to Kikwete “
- From IPPmedia.com: “Activists put pressure on govt not to tamper with Loliondo”