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Community Centered Conservation Development Project

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The Community Centered Conservation Development Project was initiated in April 2009 as a fore runner and initiative in support of the Kavango-Zambezi Trans frontier conservation area (KAZA-TFCA).

The agenda of the project is centered on improving the quality of life of local people in the silowana complex through sustainable management of natural resources (Bio-physical resources) and leveraging opportunities for socio-economic development.
Within the KAZA-TFCA vision of transforming the area into one of the world’s first class tourism destinations, the project also aims at developing nature based tourism as an alternative livelihood option.
Specific project activities undertaken to date by the project include:
Business Plan Development for Community Based Enterprises focusing on Tourism and Forest products
Supporting the development of a 10 year General Management Plan (GMA) for the area
Human Wildlife Conflict Management which focuses on mitigating conflicts arising from Elephants and Hippos. Under this project, restraining Lines have been erected against elephants in 4 communities  and against hippos in 2 communities with the involvement of 2,100plus local farmers.
 In order to monitor performance of conservation agriculture, a Mobile App has been developed and currently being tested by farmers
Capacity Building  of community resource boards (CRBs) through training, logistical and material support
Annual Fire Management in collaboration with the Department of National Park and Wildlife (DNPW)  Forest Department, BRE, CRBs and communities
Supporting 20 Village Scouts (VS) as a way of enhancing wildlife protection and monitoring
Community based resource using the Event Book System (EBS)
Assessing and building community capacities on climate resiliency and climate adaptation and providing strategic  support to DNPW towards activities such as: wildlife population assessment through ground and aerial survey