TNC, JGI, and Frankfurt Zoological Society jointly organized and held a two-day stakeholders workshop September 2829, 2012. Participants included 35 District technical and high-level executive staff, as well as Council chairpersons from Kigoma and Mpanda District councils, who gathered to to identify priority conservation sites and reach consensus regarding the conservation status for each of those site within the GME, including catchment forests, Local Authority Forest Reserves, or Village Forest Reserves. The workshop also agreed on a number of strategies to strengthen a Steering committee which will take forward the recommendations of the stakeholders workshop.