CBA18 field visits

This year's community-based adaptation (CBA) conference takes place in Arusha, Tanzania. The itinerary includes field trips to local project sites.

Article, 26 March 2024
A group of people gather in a field.

A group of conservation practitioners gets hands-on experience with community rangeland monitoring in Tanzania (Photo: Tanzania People & Wildlife)

The field visits at the 18th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA18) will provide conference participants with first-hand exposure to community natural resource management and climate change adaptation initiatives, facilitated by Tanzania People & Wildlife (TPW).

Attendees will visit various project sites on 4 and 5 May, gaining insights into sustainable practices to conserve biodiversity, adapt to climate change and foster resilience among local communities.

The field visits serve as an opportunity for knowledge exchange, networking and collaborative discussions among stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of promoting effective strategies to address environmental challenges and enhance community livelihoods in the region.


One-day excursion: Sunday, 5 May

Conservation Technology Center, Ngoley Village, Babati

TPW’s network of Conservation Technology Centers are gathering places where locally sourced data is analysed and discussed as part of informed decision making about natural resources.

Participants will explore how community-driven rangeland management incorporates Indigenous knowledge and mobile data collection technology to conduct ecological monitoring.

After lunch, the group will explore the Women’s Beekeeping Initiative to learn about inclusive participation, building community ownership of development and enterprise initiatives, and capacity building to increase the confidence and influence of marginalised populations.


8am: Departure from Arusha
10am: Arrival at Conservation Technology Centre in Ngoley Village
10.15am: Welcome and introduction to Tanzania People & Wildlife
10.30am: Overview of community-based rangeland monitoring and management
11.30am: Guided tour of rangeland monitoring sites and a joint discussion on community-based rangeland management
12.30pm: Lunch
1.30pm: Presentation on beekeeping initiative by women in Ngoley
2.30pm: Visit to beekeeping sites (community forest) and demonstration by women's group
4pm: Discussion and question-and-answer session
5pm: Departure back to Arusha

Two-day excursion: Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May

Day 1: Community-based restoration initiatives in Longido

TPW’s rangeland restoration strategy focuses on community-powered efforts in the fight against climate change. Throughout the visit to the Greater Lake Natron landscape, participants will see how hands-on land rehabilitation projects build capacity for conservation among traditional leaders, and empower people with the skills and tools to improve rangeland resilience. 

Gully restoration sites offer a unique opportunity to see the results of Indigenous knowledge combined with community action for collective impact, while invasive species removal locations foster a dialogue on the role of community engagement in reaching conservation objectives for land and wildlife.


8am: Departure from Arusha
9am: Arrival in Longido and introduction to day's themes and objectives
10.30am: Visit to Armanie for gully restoration project
12.30pm: Lunch
1.30pm: Guided tour of gully restoration sites
3pm: Visit to Muriatata for invasive species uprooting
5pm: Discussion on joint grazing plans
6.30pm: Return to accommodation in Longido

Day 2: Human-wildlife conflict mitigation

Keystone species such as lions and elephants support healthy and resilient ecosystems, but these magnificent animals are also embroiled in human-wildlife conflict as habitats shrink or fragment.

This excursion will show how different areas are working to address human-elephant and human-carnivore conflict with locally-based coexistence officers and community outreach. In addition to learning about tangible techniques for reducing conflict with wildlife, the group will build on themes around inclusive participation and effective community engagement.


8am: Introduction to human-wildlife conflict mitigation
8.30am: Strategies for elephant conflict mitigation
10am: Visit to sites with elephant conflict mitigation measures
12pm: Lunch
1pm: Strategies for carnivore conflict mitigation
2.30pm: Visit to sites with carnivore conflict mitigation measures
4pm: Wrap-up discussion
5pm: Departure back to Arusha

Pricing and how to book

Field visits are limited to between 10 and 25 people.

  • One day excursion: US$200/person (inclusive of a packed lunch and transport to and from location)
  • Two-day excursion: US$350/person (inclusive of a packed lunch for both days, dinner on day one, accommodation for one night, breakfast on day two, and transport to and from location)

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