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Zimparks Partners with Marist Camp Brothers

It was all smiles and cheers at St Giles recreation at Lake Chivero as 150 children flocked the area managed by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority enjoying the vicinity. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife management Authority in collaboration with Marist Camp Brothers made 150 children have a good start of the year 2018 as they facilitated free access and food supplements for the kids.

Br.Leonard Brito who is one of the organisers of the Marist Camp Brothers said the following

‘Marist Camp is a is a registered Welfare Organisation that is run by the Marist Camo Brothers .We select children from remote disadvantaged communities and through our partners like Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and volunteers  treat them to  picnics which will include fun games and team building exercises. Children who come are trained in swimming, spot, sewing and appreciation of nature. The Marist Camp brother are also assisted by volunteering youth who render their services free.

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority prides itself with partnering with organisations that help and assist the vulnerable disadvantaged members of society like children. The Authority intends to maintain and continue to assist Marist Camp Brothers within its capacity as the children are the future.

Christmas day with a difference…

Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority ranger Alfonce Mupuwa from Chirisa National Park was admitted at a local hospital following an attack by a Buffalo. Mr Mashingaidze (Zimparks HR)  presented a Christmas hamper on behalf of  The Director General Mr. F.U Mangwanya. Zimparks family wishes him a speedy recovery.

President pays Zimparks a visit

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday paid a visit to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority to familiarise himself with the operations of the organisation. Addressing journalists after the tour, Zimparks director-general Mr Fulton Mangwanya said they invited the President to appreciate their operations. “We invited him to see what we are doing as national parks,” he said.

“As you know, the national parks is part of the cog of tourism and as you know the President is on the drive to make sure that tourism picks up. Visitors come here for the heritage that we have and what we are doing is to push up tourism so that we benefit as a country.”

Mr Mangwanya said they had also introduced the President to Akashinga, an all-female team of rangers from Nyamakati in Hurungwe.

“We have these ladies who are doing a task which was usually done by men and it’s so encouraging because in a lot of communities we actually have a lot of these ladies who are doing nothing and they actually assist in the conservation of our wildlife resources and it goes a long way in preserving our animals,” he said.

The women were trained with the assistance of a non-governmental organisation to carry out community conservation and improve their livelihoods. Meanwhile, Mr Mangwanya said investigations into the origins of the ivory that was intercepted at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport recently were ongoing.

Zimparks intercepted 200kg of Malaysia bound ivory valued at $1 million. A number of poachers have been arrested or killed in shoot-outs with Zimparks rangers in the country’s wildlife reserves. Several elephants have been killed by poachers through cyanide poisoning, especially in Hwange. – (inset from Zimpapers)

TRANS FRONTIER CONSERVATION AREAS (TFCA) COMMUNITY NETWORKING FORUM FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY LIVELIHOODS

Promoting TFCA community interaction for sustainable socio-economic development.

      

CENTRE FOR CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES

Background

Transfrontier Conservation Areas are established with the purpose of collaboratively managing shared natural and cultural resources across international boundaries for improved biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development. According to the SADC Protocol on Wildlife Conservation and Law Enforcement (1999) as a component of a large ecological region that straddles the boundaries of two or more countries encompassing one or more protected areas as well as multiple resource use areas.

It is therefore important to note that the above two vital elements give the SADC community great potential in terms of biodiversity and tourism growth if issues of capacity building, advocacy and funding, and marketing are addressed appropriately.  The TFCA concept is new and therefore not yet understood even among those who are expected to implement it let alone community groups that seek to tap into the opportunities created by this phenomenon. At the heart of all this, is the cultural context which determines how far communities are prepared to participate in management of biodiversity and extract maximum benefit from the concept.

The TFCA Networking Forum for Sustainable Community Livelihoods seeks to create interaction of community groups, identify and share experiences, knowledge and related challenges and opportunities on conservation and cultural tourism.

Project Description

CCDI with support from GIZ will be hosting communities from the Great Limpopo, Greater Mapungubwe and KAZA TFCAs at Muhlanguleni, Chiredzi from 13 – 17 November 2017 for networking and exchange on the latest conservation tools and technologies and on how best community involvement can lead to effective conservation work amid a multitude of threats and challenges such as climate change and population growth. This will be done through facilitated workshops which will identify the key enabling factors for effective community participation and beneficiation in TFCA management.

Community-based Organisations (CBOs), government departments and other key institutions will present a range of conservation and development frameworks. This will provide an opportunity to discuss constraints, possibilities and synergies and topical issues that relate to TFCAs. Group and plenary sessions will be held where various stakeholders will discuss existing integrated conservation and development processes.

Community members will be taught about the Transfrontier Conservation Area concept and how to implement it in cross border socio-economic activities that enhance interaction and cooperation. The Great Limpopo Cultural Trade Fair, Pafuri Walking Trail & Shangani Festival, Tour de Tuli and Wild Run are such socio-economic cross border products which will constitute the core of Zimbabwe’s success stories in attempt to derive community benefits from trans-boundary natural resources management (TBNRM).  There is no doubt that conservation of biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and cultural heritage of the region is pivotal to the success of SADC and Zimbabwe’s TFCA programme.

 Participants

Approximately sixty participants have been drawn from Great Limpopo, Greater Mapungubwe and KAZA TFCAs, more specifically involving Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Key Envisaged Outputs

  • Improved community involvement in the development of  TFCAs in the SADC region
  • More community-based  tourism initiatives
  • Improved community livelihoods
  • Enhanced human-wildlife conflict resolution mechanisms

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Zimparks bids farewell to Hon Minister (Dr) W. Mzembi at Zimbali Gardens

 

Zimparks team bids farewell to Hon Minister (Dr) W. Mzembi at Zimbali Gardens and  Welcoming our New Minister Hon E. Mbwembwe to the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Hospitality Industry.

Thank you Dr Mzembi for the great input in tourism and Welcome Hon E. Mbwembwe.

Zimparks was fully represented by The Director General Mr. F U. Mangwanya  and Deputy Director Generals Mr. George Manyumwa and Mr G. Matipano as well as colleagues in support of the function. ( Mr Aaron Chingombe, Mr. F Chimeramombe, Mr Chikande, Patience Gandiwa, Tinashe Farawo and Evans Katiyo.

Calls to fully exploit wildlife based land reform

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Communities in Matabeleland have been called upon to fully exploit the wildlife based land reform programme and empower themselves through the lucrative safari hunting and game viewing projects facilitated by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks).

Matabeleland is endowed with wildlife resources with Matabeleland North Province being the bastion of the big five and also the prime safari hunting area in the country.

However, communities in the region are grappling with the challenge of human wildlife conflict which can be addressed if resources are availed.

The issue of human wildlife conflict is a result of failure by authorities to share the proceeds of game farming through safari hunting with people who live within these areas, said the director general of Zimparks Mr Fulton Mangwanya.

Addressing people in the Mtshabezi area of Matobo, Mr Mangwanya said beneficiation on wildlife resources by communities is a top government priority.

Mr Mangwanya whose institution donated 50 000 Nile tilapia fingerlings to the Mtshabezi fishing community said they will continue to work with rural communities to ensure that they fully benefit from the exploitation of the available natural resources.

His comments come at a time that the Matabeleland Economic Forum through the Livestock Farmers Union has proposed the establishment of new wildlife conservation areas that will be managed by communities through the chiefs where 15 percent of revenue generated will be used to establish a compensation fund for those whose animals and crops are destroyed by animals.

This proposal which has been well received by chiefs could be the panacea to human wildlife conflict.

13 jumbos die in ‘cyanide poisoning’ October 14, 2017 Local News

Leonard Ncube, Victoria Falls Reporter


THIRTEEN elephants were found dead in a bush between Fuller Forest and Chikandakubi area outside Victoria Falls town on Wednesday in yet another suspected case of cyanide poisoning.

A villager from Chikandakubi reportedly bumped onto the 13 carcasses near Ngwengwe Springs as he was herding cattle on Wednesday.

The Chronicle was told that four of the elephants had been dehorned while rangers recovered ivory from the other nine.

All carcasses were bulging and almost bursting, raising fears of cyanide poisoning which is suspected to have been administered by poachers at a nearby salt lick, a source said.

“The elephants comprised nine males and four females, nine of which were adults and the other four were sub adults.

The carcasses were discovered by a villager who was rounding up his cattle and he alerted police and rangers,” said a source.

The source said rangers from Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and police officers attended the scene on Thursday.

Zimparks spokesperson Mr Tinashe Farawo could not be reached for comment.

Between January and June 2017, a total of 14 elephants were lost due to poaching activities with two more incidents being recorded in the Hwange National Park two months ago.

However, Zimparks authorities have said collaborative efforts with other Government agencies have led to a downward trend in poaching incidents compared to last year.

Anti-poaching teams have lately been deployed to deal with the emerging poaching cases as the wildlife authority works tirelessly to fight the vice.

During the recently held third Defence and Security Chief Meeting hosted by Zimbabwe, member countries were challenged to domesticate the Sadc law enforcement and anti-poaching strategy.

An elephant costs about $50 000. — @ncubeleon

Congratulations Mr Mashingaidze

 

  

Picture collage shows Mr. Trust Mashingaidze being conferred the Fellow status by Dr. Ushendibaba Madhume the IPMZ President.

The Institute of People Management in Zimbabwe (IPMZ) ran its Annual Conference from the 26th to the 29th of July, 2017 at Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls. Mr. Trust Mashingaidze the Human Resources Manager for the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority was awarded the Fellow status which is the highest grade for IPMZ members during the Convention. His 27 years in the Human Resources field has seen him mentoring so many Human Resources practitioners. Furthermore Trust’s training and development experience has seen him being appointed an external moderator at the Southern African Wildlife College. He has also produced Human Resources Manual for the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Areas where he chaired the Human Resources Committee for the five partner countries. Join us the ZimParks Family in congratulating him for the achievement.

Zimparks in Harmony with Nature!!!!!

 

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Zimparks guns down hippo in Nyanyadzi

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Inset from Zimpapers. THE Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority last week shot dead a hippopotamus that was damaging winter wheat in Nyanyadzi. The hippo, which had a calf, is believed to have escaped from Save Conservancy. ZPWMA ordered the shooting of the hippos after traditional leaders in the area reported that it was damaging crops and endangering lives. ZPWMA officer, Mr John Danfa, said they were still hunting for the calf which is believed to have found habitat along Save River. “Usually hippos move up and down rivers during the rainy season. We believe the two escaped from Save Valley Conservancy. They were both females and they do not usually click if there is no male. “They are believed to have separated. We received reports from traditional leaders in Hot Springs and Nyanyadzi that these hippos were feeding on wheat and crops in their fields.” “People’s lives were endangered so the authorities ordered its killing. The first time we attempted to kill it, it was in the company of so many cattle and could not do anything. Our officer teamed up with villagers to track it until last week when it was shot down in Nyanyadzi”. The officer is said to have fired 12 shots before the hippo died. The meat was shared by villagers. One of the villagers in Dirikwe village, Mr Tapiwa Munyati, said: “This hippo was becoming a threat to human lives in the area. It was being spotted near homes at night. “There are vegetable gardens along one of Save River’s tributaries where it was being spotted.“We were told that hippos do not like light and the danger was that lives would have been lost.” “A villager survived death by a whisker recently when the hippo strayed into his homestead.“He went out of his house to investigate when his dogs were barking. He had a torch and the hippo advanced towards him. “Fortunately he managed to escape the attack and notified other villagers and the village head. We are appealing to the responsible authorities to make sure that the remaining one is also killed,” said Mr Munyati.