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A world unique ecosystem and culture under pressure

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Maasai Mara - a world unique ecosystem under pressure

The Maasai Mara ecosystem in south-western Kenya is globally unique and famous for the great wildebeest migration, one of the few great migratory systems remaining and the only one involving such a rich diversity of large wild animals.

This world unique ecosystem is now under severe threat from a multiplicity of interconnected and complex challenges ranging from climate change, a rapidly growing population, land use trends etc.

The Maasai Mara is also home to the Maasai people, today facing many social, economic, political and environmental challenges.

At the Summit at Maasai Mara University in April 2015 we identified the many and complex challenges of the Maasai Mara by listening to community members and conservation partners. These complex challenges range from climate change and land use issues, ecosystem challenges, energy, poverty, gender, health, slow economic growth, poaching, human-wildlife conflicts etc.

You can read about the challenges in our report.

An ambitious initiative to save the Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara Science and Development Initiative (MMSDI) is an African-European public-private partnership founded in 2014. 

Our goal

We want to contribute to conserving the Maasai Mara ecosystem, its rich wildlife and culture through interdisciplinary research and development initiatives.

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News

2017.01.26 | Research news

Press: Fences are disrupting African wildlife on an unprecedented scale

ScienceNordic.com article describing our research on fencing in the Mara

2017.01.25 | Research news

Researchers: Unique ecosystem in Maasai Mara could collapse

The amount of fences is exploding in the Mara boding for a collapse of the ecosystem. This is the research result of an analysis of satellite pictures of the Mara 1985-2016.

Fences in the Mara
Lars Bach and Mette Løvschal, Aarhus University discussing fencing data with Irene Amoke, research officer MMWCA/program manager Kenya Wildlife Trust.
Participants at the seminar November 26, 2016 at Karen Blixen Camp, Mara North

•	Pernille Kallehave, Program Manager MMSDI, Aarhus University
•	Niels Mogensen, Chief Project Officer, Mara Lion Project
•	Lisbeth Kallestrup, MD, Center Manager, Aarhus University Hospital
•	Per Kallestrup, MD, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University
•	Peder Klith Bøcher, GIS Coordinator, Aarhus University
•	Irene Amoke, research officer Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA)/program manager Kenya Wildlife Trust.
•	David Mulli, regional coordinator, MMWCA
•	Lars Back, Assistant Professor, Aarhus University
•	Patrick Ololoinyio, Mara North Grazing committee
•	Mette Løvschal, Assistant Professor, Aarhus University
•	David Noosaron, landowner, member of the board of MMSDI
•	Philip Valentine, COO Mara North and Mara Naboisho Conservancy's
•	(in front) Joseph Nabaala, Area Chief, Aitong

2016.12.20 | Research news

Accelerating changes in land use – new perspectives from the ground

Late November a group of researchers went to look at fencing in the Maasai Mara. They returned home with new research ideas, data and contacts

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