Human-wildlife conflict mitigation project for Tsholotsho PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 19:04

CAMPFIRE Association is currently implementing a human wildlife conflict mitigation project in Tsholotsho so that the community can be able to monitor and record human wildlife conflict incidents.

The pilot project is located in ward 7 of Tsholotsho district and is aimed at improving livelihoods through reducing human wildlife conflict incidents and ensuring better wildlife management in the buffer zone of Hwange National Park.

With the country currently receiving rainfall and many areas expecting a good harvest, communities in Tsholotsho say the project offers hope for better harvest by many rural communities, not just Tsholotsho but also other parts of the country when lessons learnt are implemented.

Hwange National Park which is the largest game park in Zimbabwe has more than twice its carrying capacity in terms of elephant population.

The elephants stray into communities in search of food and water resulting in serious conflict with rural communities in districts such as Tsholotsho where crop destruction by elephants is known to reduce crop yields by up to 18 percent.

This further negatively affects food and nutrition security and increases poverty in these areas.

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