Support to Wildlife Protection Efforts in the Lower Zambezi National Park
The Lower Zambezi ecosystem is home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations however, the area is also home to a growing human population. As a result, valuable resources need to be shared and are competed for by humans and wildlife. This often leads to dangerous tension between communities and wildlife. In addition to the threat of poaching for ivory and bush meat, HEC is a constant threat to the safety of both the local elephant and human populations and to the food security of the disadvantaged human population. With the support of IEF, the first HEC Village Scout patrols began in January 2014 and have received an overwhelmingly positive reception, with harvests increasing and attitudes towards wildlife and their protection improving, all contributing to a significant decrease in poaching for the area. This year IEF continues its support of the patrols in Luangwa and broadening the coverage to a wider geographical region. Each team will receive rations, GPS devices, radio and communication systems, support from aerial patrols, emergency rapid response assistance, and continuing education and training.