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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. 

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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

2017.07.06 |

New film: The Old Maasai

A portrait interview with Maasai Ole Leperes - about his life and how he has used Maasai traditional medicine.

2017.01.26 |

Press: Fences are disrupting African wildlife on an unprecedented scale

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

2017.01.25 |

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.

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Publications and Films

Maasai Mara – the Challenges of a World Unique Ecosystem



Fencing bodes a rapid collapse of the unique Greater Mara ecosystem

Film: The Old Maasai

A portrait interview with Maasai Ole Leperes
- about his life and how he has used Maasai traditional medicine.

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