GLOWS Project Sites
Mara River Basin (Kenya/Tanzania)
During the dry season, the Mara River is the only source of water to the Mara-Serengeti ecoregion and its spectacular migration of wildlife. GLOWS is supporting the governments of Kenya and Tanzania in integrated water resources management to meet the water needs of developing human communities while protecting water needed for Masai-Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park. Project activities extend to Lake Victoria, and its artisanal fishing communities.
Pastaza River Basin (Ecuador/Peru)
The Pastaza River Basin drains an Andean subcatchment of the larger Amazon River Basin, in one of the world’s most biologically and culturally diverse regions. The lives and livelihoods of basin residents are intimately linked to the ecosystem services provided by rivers, especially water supply, wastewater assimilation, and fisheries. GLOWS is working with government agencies and local communities to protect freshwater ecosystem services and promote integrated management of water resources.
Wakal River Basin (India)
A semi-arid, extremely seasonal climate characterizes the Wakal River Basin in southern Rajasthan state, India. Groundwater resources help sustain human communities in the basin, as do centuries-old rainwater harvesting techniques that facilitate storage of rainwater for use during dry periods. GLOWS is supporting local efforts to increase awareness of integrated water resources management as a means for promoting sustainable use of groundwater and appropriate implementation of rainwater harvesting techniques.
SUCCESS Project Sites
In Tanzania, SUCCESS is improving income earnings through mariculture and promoting improved resource management and conservation through community-based management approaches. In Fumba, Bweleo and Unguja Ukuu villages in Zanzibar, SUCCESS is assisting women shellfish farmers with half-pearl farming, improved production techniques and managing harvests of wild stocks. In Mpafu, Mkuranga and Changwahela in Bagamoyo, milkfish production is underway. In Mlingotini, Changwahela, Pande and Kondo in Bagamoyo, new seaweed farming practices are being developed.
SUCCESS works with communities in the Cojimies estuary—once rich in mangrove forests since lost to shrimp farming. Unfortunately, the traditional livelihoods here center around products harvested from the estuary (e.g., bivalves and fish), which rely on the mangrove ecosystem. SUCCESS is working to identify alternative livelihoods for these communities, creating a base of scientific information about the estuary, and building the capacity of local community organizations and government to better manage their natural resources.
In Nicaragua, SUCCESS focuses on working with extremely poor and natural resources-dependent communities surrounding two major estuary systems in Nicaragua—the Estero Real and Padre Ramos—to improve the quality of life (income/livelihoods, food security, health, and education) of those communities and build their capacity to also manage the environment and conserve biodiversity. Because women play a key role in providing for their families, SUCCESS always addresses issues of gender equity.
Thailand Associate award
In Thailand the recently ended (March 2008) SUCCESS Associate Award worked with five tsunami-affected villages in Ranong Province to build coastal community resilience with a focus on rebuilding the economic basis of livelihoods rather than on physical reconstruction, and on giving coastal people the skills and resources for self-recovery. Key elements of resilience included building livelihood opportunities that do not degrade the natural environment, protecting ecosystems, reducing vulnerability to natural hazards, and strengthening local governance.