Dr. Abiud Lucas Kaswamila is a land use planner cum environmentalist. He obtained his undergraduate Degree at the University of Dar es Salaam. He finished his Master\'s Degree in the Netherlands and his PhD in the UK. For 30 years he has worked as an Agricultural Extension Officer, Agricultural Researcher and a Don. Between 1978 and 1990 he worked as Serengeti District Land Use Planner (Mara Region) and later as Kagera Region Land Use Planner. From 1991 to 2000 he worked as a Senior Research Officer at Mlingano Agricultural Research Institute, Tanga. In 2000, Dr. Kaswamila joined the College of African Wildlife Management – Mweka as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Research and Consultancy before joining the University of Dodoma in 2008. Dr. Kaswamila has vast experience in protected areas bio-network land use planning, community conservation and conflict management and has published widely in areas of agriculture, poverty and livelihood and in community conservation. Currently Dr. Kaswamila is the head of the department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Dodoma.