PAMS Foundation is an incredible team of conservationists working on-the-ground to save Tanzania’s wildlife. Since their inception in 2006, PAMS has played an extremely critical role in turning around Tanzania’s elephant poaching crisis. Their mission is to protect wildlife and habitats though measures that benefit both nature and local communities.
PAMS established The Ruvuma Elephant Project in 2011 marking a turning point in helping to address poaching and other challenges in this important ecological corridor. As part of this project, they have built 3 kilometers of “chili fences” to prevent elephants from raiding crop fields, which has resulted in a 100 percent success rate in protecting farmers’ crops. Equally effective has been a conservation education program called “Living in Harmony With Nature,” which has dramatically reduced poaching due to human-elephant conflict. Since 2012, The Project has employed 200 game scouts to perform daily patrols, and together have arrested several poaching, recovered ivory, illegal timber, snares, poisons, and weapons.
Grant #1 – March 2016
In March 2016, Empowers Africa made a grant to Empowers Africa made a grant to PAMS Foundation to fund an anti-poaching camp in the Ruvuma region of southern Tanzania. The project’s goal is to control the poaching crisis in the Ruvuma to learn more about the seasonal movement of elephants in the area, manage human-elephant conflict and help develop income-generating activities for conservation and communities.