Wildlife Protection and Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) Mitigation for the Communities of Chiawa, Zambia
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. Harvests in the Chiawa area have increased thanks to the presence of the scouts and, most importantly, attitudes towards wildlife and their protection have improved.