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Explore ecology, natural resource management and sustainability in Tanzania-Zanzibar, on the islands of Unguja, Mafia, and Pemba in the Western Indian Ocean, and mainland Tanzania.
WHY STUDY ECOLOGY IN TANZANIA?
Zanzibar’s extensive shoreline, unique flora and fauna, and tropical climate are ideal for exploring conservation and management of coral reefs, inter-tidal zones, and tropical forests. From your coastal base in Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, gain a deeper understanding of biodiversity, conservation areas, and ecotourism projects. Study rare or endemic species such as the whale shark, Pemba flying fox, and Zanzibar red colobus monkey. Meet officials at Zanzibar’s Department of Forestry and the Institute of Marine Sciences to hear their perspectives on natural resource management. Learn and practice speaking Kiswahili during your homestays in Stone Town, Zanzibar, and on Pemba Island. Understand the techniques, methods, and ethics necessary for successful field research, and partner with experts on an independent study project of your choice. Examine issues in marine and coastal environments through short excursions, including a week-long trip to the Seychelles. Observe wildlife while snorkeling off of Bawe Chumbe, Kwale, and Misali islands. You’ll also visit Pange Reef and Sandbar.
- Delve deeply into ecosystems of the Indian Ocean and the islands of Tanzania-Zanzibar.
- Learn marine and terrestrial field methodologies in Unguja, Mafia, and Pemba.
- Study the sustainability of coral reefs, coastal forests, and vulnerable fauna.
- Observe the rare and endangered wildlife, such as the Hawksbill sea turtles.
Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields, as assessed by SIT. Swimming and snorkeling proficiency is strongly recommended.
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for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
KEY TOPICS OF STUDY
- How fragile ecosystems are challenged by tourism and industry
- Sustainable management of coastal forests, coral reefs, and fauna
- Dynamics of local ecosystems in relation to resident communities
- Terrestrial, intertidal, and marine ecosystems
- Research on a topic of choice as part of Independent Study Project
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SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
- All educational costs, including educational excursions
- All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
- Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
- Health and accident insurance
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- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.
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Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Current Program Information
Examine the impact of marine and terrestrial conservation in densely populated areas in Zanzibar. An archipelago of two main islands and more than 50 verdant islets just within sight of the Tanzanian mainland, Zanzibar is home to mangroves, coastal forests, coral reefs, and many rare and endangered species. Until the twentieth century, the country was the thriving terminus of the East African caravan trade and a prosperous hub of Indian Ocean commerce. Today Zanzibaris depend almost entirely on subsistence farming and fishing for their very survival.
Lectures and site visits to conservation projects and protected areas provide an understanding of the complex dynamics of Zanzibar's diverse ecosystems. Visits to human communities affected by conservation projects challenge students to reframe notions of sustainability and "overpopulation" in light of the underlying factors driving environmental exploitation and degradation.