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Conservation Indaba launched in Chiredzi 

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Conservation Indaba launched in Chiredzi 

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CHIREDZI – Communities in Chiredzi have launched a quarterly conservation indaba to create synergies, reduce human-wildlife conflicts and increase benefits from the vast wildlife area in the district.

The indaba is a brain child of Aaron Maramba, a headman under Chief Gudo. 

He told a two day inception workshop held at a local lodge that he began the initiative after realising that communities living in areas surrounding protected areas as Save Valley Conservancy and Sengwe are not benefitting from the natural resources leading to human wildlife conflict.

The workshop was attended by Chief Tshovani, Chief Sengwe, Chief Gudo, deputy District Development Coordinator Gift Machukele, Chiredzi East Legislator Siyaki Mundungehama, Save Valley conservancy managers, Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority (ZimParks) representatives and wildlife conservation Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) among others. 

“Wildlife conservation areas in the South Eastern Lowveld are our gold and as people of Chiredzi we need to take up positive initiatives in order to protect, promote, and make sustainable utilisation of resources. 

“I realised that communities living in areas surrounding protected areas were not benefitting yet there was human and wildlife conflict so I came up with this initiatives where I called all partners in the conservation arena to come and discuss on how best they can address the situation so that communities benefit,” said Maramba.

A committee chaired by … was selected to spearhead the project. Elections will be held at a later stage.

Machukele hailed the initiative and said it will reduce poaching once the communities start to benefit.

“This is a great initiative, once communities start benefitting from the natural resources they will start conserving wildlife and poaching will decrease. There was massive poaching because communities were not realising any benefits,” he said.

Mundungehama said the initiative comes at a time when Government is calling for communities to be empowered through wildlife and tourism. 

He said communities are supposed to participate in the conservation of wildlife and at the same time draw benefits from the initiative to develop their areas.

“The initiative is good. It comes at a time where Government is calling for communities to be empowered through wildlife and tourism. Communities are supposed to be participating in the conservation of wildlife and draw benefits,” said Mundungehama.

Chief Gudo hailed the initiative and said it will bring development in his area when people start benefitting from wildlife.

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