Think again at CoP17
During the period 2010-2015, human and wildlife conflict in Zimbabwe’s communal areas has resulted in the loss of 88 lives,
Over 5000 livestock, 6000 hectares of crops, and irrigation and water supply equipment.
Some of the recent deaths include school children and heads of households as shown below:
|Gaison Chitsove, 14:
Killed by elephant on 2 February 2016 while herding cattle in Kamumbembe village, Mbire District
|Fezile Moyo, 14:
Killed by elephant at water point on 19 November 2015 in Dzibalekhiwa, Tsholotsho
|Commerce Karunga, 45:
Killed by buffalo while guarding crops on 10 September 2016 in Chiramba village, Mbire District
|Jackson Kasinaukuse, 50:
Killed by elephant while guarding crops on 18 December 2015 in Kanhukamwe village, Muzarabani District
|Olivia Ndlovu, 68:
Killed by elephant at water point on 18 October 2015 in Tshotanda, Tsholotsho District
|John Mumpande, 41:
Killed by elephant while going to elds with wife on 8 April 2016 in Kamalala village, Hwange district.
Sadly these people were killed because they live with dangerous wildlife.
Think again at CoP17.
Rural communities would prefer to
“On 9 January 2016, a female lion struck a cow in the eld of a villager at
before you up-list the
The recent CITES 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa, has come and gone. CAMPFIRE communities are pleased that the attempts to up-list the lion and all elephant populations to Appendix I were defeated resoundingly. Zimbabwe as part of southern Africa has managed to maintain its healthy elephant and lion populations in unfenced areas in rural areas. This has increased the wildlife range into areas inhabited by people, and consequently, human and wildlife conflict.
Sustainable benefits from wildlife, through both consumptive and non-consumptive uses, have provided incentives to minimize illegal killing of wildlife. Examples of benefits and community projects funded from wildlife utilization are many - from educational and health facilities, water and sanitation, as well as income generating projects. These projects are real and greatly valued by the communities.
Zimbabwe’s sustainable use policy has helped in reducing conflict between rural people and protected areas. Additionally, this has created greater tolerance of wildlife, despite people suffering huge losses of not only crops and livestock, but also alarming numbers of human deaths and injury from key species including the elephant and lion.
The fundamental challenge is competition for space, and therefore coexistence between people and wildlife must depend on benefits derived from this natural resource.
Rural communities would like see the elephant and lion continue to meet their challenge in terms of sharing space with rural communities, and provide them with incentives so as to compete with other land uses.
Up-listing of the elephant and lion, and the associated restrictions on the shipment of hunting trophies, would have resulted in greater habitat loss as the existing wildlife range would be saturated with farming, which is also an important form of livelihood.