Human-elephant conflict mitigation for the communities of Chiawa, Zambia
The Lower Zambezi ecosystem, stretching across Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe, is home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations and other wildlife such as lion, leopard, wild dog and hippo.
However, the area is also home to a growing human population and as a result, poaching for ivory and bush meat, and human elephant conflict (HEC) threatens the safety of both the local elephant and human populations.
Supported by IEF since 2014, Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) trained a unit of 20 Village Scouts (VS) to increase wildlife protection and HEC mitigation in the Lower Zambezi. Since its inception, the VS team has carried out 8184 patrol man-days, providing a dramatic increase to wildlife protection in the Lower Zambezi. Harvests in the Chiawa area have also increased thanks to the presence of the scouts and, most importantly, attitudes towards wildlife protection programs have improved.