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Community Law Enforcement to be strengthened in Sesheke

Posted on
04 December 2018
On 26th June 2018, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched a project in Sesheke dubbed “Strengthening community law enforcement and sustainable livelihoods in Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA)”. The KAZA TFCA programme is funded by the European Union and aims to promote long-term sustainable ecosystem management and sustainable livelihood approaches among local communities, while contributing to the reduction of illegal killing and trafficking of wildlife. It will focus on three key nature conservation sites including; the Silowana complex (bufferzone of the Sioma Ngwezi National Park) in Zambia, the Chizarira- Sengwa in Zimbabwe and the Zambezi region in Namibia. 

In Zambia, the communities in Silowana Complex experience high levels of poaching coupled with low human development and heavily rely on natural resources for their survival. This natural habitat is however, strongly affected by climate change which has a negative impact on agricultural production. 

To address these challenges, the KAZA TFCA project aims to train over 4,000 farmers in Climate Smart Conservation Agriculture, support wildlife conservation of habitats, long-term sustainable ecosystem management and strengthen community law enforcement and anti-poaching systems.

The launch was officially opened by the Sesheke District Administrative Officer, Mrs Albetina Kabatana on behalf of the Sesheke District Commissionaire. She pointed out that the project could not have come at a better time as it would assist in attaining Zambia’s 2030 vision. Mrs Kabatana also commended WWF on its efforts in conservation thus far. She shared that since the inception of the Community Centered Conservation Development Project, the District Commissionaires office had observed that the farmers supported by WWF in implementing Conservation Agriculture were experiencing high yields. She further encouraged the community to show support to WWF in its efforts to conserve wildlife in Sioma Ngwezi National Park.

We have seen that there are efforts being made by WWF to restore wildlife in Sioma Ngwezi National Park, let us be good stewards and not poach. We need to start a new beginning and show the world that we can live with nature as our fore-fathers did”, said Mrs Kabata.

Through this project, it is hoped that farmers will no longer practice shifting cultivation which has been damaging to the forests because farmers will no longer need to travel long distances to access fertile soil through practicing Conservation Agriculture. Additionally, farmers will have enhanced access to high quality locally adapted open pollinated varieties through strengthen seed multiplication schemes. The overall results will be enhanced food security, resilience and household incomes.