Kilimanyika is a private limited company, set up and directed by two consultants and supported by strong partnerships with associate consultants. Our work is informed particularly by our knowledge and experience of practical approaches to natural resource management that incorporate the desires, objectives and capacities of individuals, organisations and communities.
As consultants we have completed projects and consultancies lasting from two weeks to many months, and have worked in and around national parks and game reserves, (marine, lakeshore and terrestrial), conservancies, group ranches, private estates, wildlife corridors, village lands and smallholdings.
Kilimanyika is at the forefront of the climate change challenge through their innovative and ground-up approach to adaption measures. Kilimanyika has completed numerous projects regarding Tanzania’s Reduced Emissions for Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) activities. For example, Kilimanyika facilitated the presentation of the associated REDD challenges and complexities along with the Tanzanian Government and various civil society organizations and universities at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen in December, 2009.
Our name, Kilimanyika, draws on the Swahili words Kilima (hill, denoting mountains and highlands) and Nyika (wilderness, denoting plains, bushlands and rangelands) to symbolise the variety of land and natural resources at the core of our work.
The name reflects the African origin of our partnership, and that much of our work to date has been within East Africa, and typically working in the Swahili language, or in the UK related to natural resources management and African issues.
However, the need for sustainable approaches to natural resource utilisation is universal, and our approach is applicable across the developing world.
Kilimanyika promotes both social and economic development and environmental conservation in a holistic approach. Historically, there has been a lack of overlap between the two, with different objectives, methods and underlying philosophies making it difficult to find synergy.
Our experience in Africa has shown us that efforts to promote one approach over another are futile in the longer term. Kilimanyika provides a bridge between the development view, the conservationist view, the community view, and the private investors view.
Sustainability is key to Kilimanyika’s operations. Sustainable economic development must be anchored in responsible and efficient use of natural resources. In our experience, poverty and land ownership issues are frequently at the root of environmental degradation, and vice versa.
We offer bespoke services and practical solutions to our clients. The approach we take is flexible and tailored, based on thorough assessment and consultation. We work within differing agendas and political, social and economic values and realities.
We work with and bring together communities, development practitioners, environmental experts, private investors, businesses, and government representatives. Where there is conflict, we mediate and facilitate dialogue between parties.
Our work is grounded in understanding the specific environmental, infrastructural, socio-economic and political contexts of a consultancy. This entails finding practical solutions based on client or stakeholder assets, aspirations and competencies, alongside limitations.
Incorporating technological innovations, improving management and communication, enabling private sector investment and establishing small-scale production and income generation activities are core aspects of this approach.