Kilimanyika is a private consulting company, set up and directed by two natural resources management experts and supported by strong partnerships with associate consultants. Our work is informed particularly by our knowledge and experience of practical approaches to environmental conservation and natural resource management that incorporate the desires and objectives of individuals, organisations and communities.

What we do

Kilimanyika works with governments, private enterprises, local communities and NGOs to facilitate the achievement of conservation outcomes:

  • Angel investment and support to social and environmental enterprise
  • Facilitating financing for sustainability and conservation incentives
  • Promoting environmental sustainability through project cycle management
  • Enhancing community livelihoods and resilience through enterprise

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.

Kilimanyika’s expertise lies in environmental conservation and management (marine and terrestrial –forests, drylands, and mountains), protected areas governance, financing and management, community based natural resources management, sustainable use and illegal wildlife trade and climate change adaptation.

Kilimanyika stands at the intersection of government, private, NGO and local community strategies and programmes on sustainable agendas, conservation financing and the implementation of community resilience practices.

Over the last 14 years, Kilimanyika has acted as a service provider for large-scale conservation financing by partnering with governments, NGOs and UNDP for the development and implementation of projects funded by the Global Environment Facility, development banks and private sector across over 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Europe. conservation financing services to small and medium-sized business enterprises engaged in conservation, through the design and implementation of conservation projects, development of conservancies and facilitating the development of conservation incentives.

Through its work, Kilimanyika has supported local communities in the development of resource use strategies through project design and development for the management of conservation areas.

Paul Harrison is an international development and conservation sector leader and entrepreneur, consultant, adviser, former U.N. official, and nature conservationist, bringing political, financing and technical strengths plus a strong network to the environment and development sector through a broad professional experience that bridges policy and practice.

He has has over 18 years work experience in Africa, Asia and the U.K. in field conservation, project and programme management, conservation finance and policy. He has have worked variously as a senior U.N. staffer, as director of a highly regarded conservation consulting company, as executive chairman of an award-winning ethical forestry enterprise and as a land manager of a field operation in Tanzania.

Paul has an MSc. In Tourism, Environment and Development (2001) and a BA (Hons) in African Language and Culture (1999), both from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and a fluent Swahili speaker.

His work covers conservation financing, biodiversity and wildlife conservation, ecological research and monitoring, tackling land degradation, sustainable forest management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental law enforcement, illegal wildlife trade, forestry and protected area management.

James Ole Laizer Specialises in community-based natural resource management, rural land rights and livelihoods. His work is grounded in deep understanding of both the ecology and cultures of east Africa and an appreciation of the need for symbiosis between the two.

James has over 20 years commitment to community-based forestry management in Tanzania via his director role at Kilimanyika Ltd, a natural resource consultancy company, through managing Sound and Fair Tanzania and previously through MCDI. James was a founder member of MCDI, the NGO that oversees the establishment and management of FSC®️ certified forest reserves in Tanzania, and was until recently a board member. James has also worked as a corporate social responsibility manager for a mining operation in Southern Tanzania. James holds an Advanced Diploma in Wildlife Management from Mweka College of Wildlife Management in Moshi, Tanzania.

He has worked with USAID as a CBNRM Specialist to undertake an evaluation of the Wildlife Management Area (WMAs) system of Tanzania. He specialises in community-based conservation and sustainable management of marine and natural resources particularly of community forests in Tanzania.

How we can help

Conduits for conservation financing and business development

Kilimanyika works with governments, private enterprises, local communities and NGOs to facilitate the achievement of conservation outcomes:

Mobilising conservation

Facilitating collaborations and liaising with governments, development banks and NGOs to generate financing for conservation efforts. Through our vast network of funders, we foster coalitions between conservation enterprise clients and funding bodies.

Facilitating financing for sustainability and conservation incentives

Supporting the development of viable financial strategies for the management of conservation areas utilising economic assessments through tourism activities, mobilising of conservation grants and the development of conservation enterprises

Promoting environmental sustainability

Through project design and environmental assessments, identifying target areas for conservation and developing strategies for their conservation

Enhancing local community livelihoods and resilience

Through community engagement and conducting livelihood assessments, local communities are supported in improving livelihoods and reducing their reliance on fragile landscapes and resources. By incorporating local livelihoods with conservation incentives, local community resilience to environmental and socioeconomic threats is improved.

Kilimanyika has experience working in over 15 countries (in Europe, Africa and Asia) with over USD 300 million mobilised through conservation financing under the Global Environment Facility (GEF), public funds, development banks, private sector, and through conservation enterprise development.


Kilimanyika Ltd, Oldborough Farm, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire. GL56 9NT.
Call us to discuss potential collaborations or with queries about our rates and availability:
Paul Harrison – UK +44 (0) 7739 803 704 / East Africa +254 (0) 714 635 334
James Laizer – Tanzania +255 (0) 752 525 453

Kilimanyika: Connecting Environment & Development. Limited Company. Registered in England & Wales No. 6707946.
VAT registration No. 942561912.