Chiku Said

Chiku Said’s research interest and contribution to Urithi Wetu revolves around re-conceptualising ‘Heritage Site’ and ‘Protected Area’ but from a local community’s viewpointShe explores what exactly constitute heritage sites among the local communities in Tanzania beyond the criteria and variables commonly used in the North, notably visibility, scale, permanence, centrality and ubiquity. Specifically, Chiku Said envisages unravelling different types and forms of cultural heritage that the local communities in Tanzania are strongly attached to and offer protection and conservation support. It is believed that Chiku’s contribution will offer a predictive diagnosis of heritage regimes in which local communities could offer support to protect sites, and uncover rewards they consider worthwhile for their conservation initiatives.