The Community Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) Association is a registered Private Voluntary Organisation whose mandate is to support Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) in Zimbabwe. Since the 1980s, the CAMPFIRE program has sought to improve the living standards of rural Communities through the sustainable use of a range of natural resources, especially wildlife.
CAMPFIRE Association Zimbabwe and the Ngamiland Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (NCONGO) Botswana Petition for revisions to the regulations implementing the Endangered Species Act to conform with U.S. President Joseph Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government.
Sidinda CAMPFIRE Wildlife Conservancy has received 100 buffalo from Victoria Falls National Park (managed by Wild Horizon). This follows successful capture and translocation of the animals on 27-28 August 2018 as part of the Command Wildlife programme, and funded under auspices of the Hwange Sanyati Biological Corridor (HSBC) project supported by the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank and coordinated by WWF Zimbabwe Country Office.
CAMPFIRE ASSOCIATION PRESS STATEMENT ON LIFTING OF THE SUSPENSION OF ELEPHANT TROPHY IMPORTS INTO AMERICA
Zimbabwe’s Community Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) hails the recent decision by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to lift the suspension of elephant trophy imports into the United States of America. We encourage the USFWS and the President of the United States to stand by the decision to issue import permits for sport-hunted elephant trophies.
CAMPFIRE Association short video on strengthening the capacity of rural communities in non-lethal human and elephant conflict mitigation and wildlife conservation using sustainable and affordable low cost technology - the Chili gun (mhiripiri bomber) and an effective problem elephant pre-warning system in Tsholotsho Zimbabwe.
CAMPFIRE has a combined 2.4 million beneficiaries, made up of 200,000 households that actively participate in the program, and another 600,000 households that benefit indirectly from social services and infrastructure supported by CAMPFIRE income within districts. There are in excess of 120 elected and constituted Village and Ward CAMPFIRE Committees that operate through specific Traditional Leaders in their areas.
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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:
Hwange National Park’s eastern boundary, which stretches for over 220kms, is maintained with the co-operation of adjacent communities. CAMPFIRE Communities in Bulilima district from Point 222 at corner with Botswana, all the way northwards through Korodziba/Makona in Tsholotsho, connecting to the Ngamo Forest boundary, provide an important conservation buffer zone. Tsholotsho district was granted Appropriate Authority Status for the management of wildlife in 1991, and has 11 Wards that benefit from the CAMPFIRE Programme.