KAVANGO ZAMBEZI

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TRANSFRONTIER CONSERVATION AREA (KAZA TFCA)

 

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:34

The Kaza Carnivore Conservation Coalition (KCCC), hosted a core working group members’ workshop in Livingstone, Zambia from 23rd – 25th May 2018.

 

The workshop was attended by over 40 carnivore conservation experts who are united by their shared commitment to the conservation of the landscapes, habitats and carnivore species as well as promoting co-existence of carnivores with people in KAZA. Moved by the objective to reduce the negative threats to carnivore survival in the wild, KCCC is operating as a ‘community of practice’ of carnivore research scientists working closely with a range of stakeholders including key policy and decision makers and local communities as well as donors.

Moved by the objective to reduce the negative threats to carnivore survival in the wild, KCCC is operating as a ‘community of practice’ of carnivore research scientists working closely with a range of stakeholders including key policy and decision makers and local communities as well as donors.  The objectives of the workshop were to:

  1. 1. give core working group members an understanding of what is going on right across the KAZA TFCA as a result of their combined efforts and how their work is contributing to that landscape for carnivores.
  2. 2. provide an opportunity for members to meet and interact with each other, deepen collaborative ties and strengthen the way work together as a KAZA entity;
  3. 3. launch the Strategy and brainstorm collaborative and funding opportunities to make it happen; and
  4. 4. facilitate communications and focal working group meetings going forward.

Since the founding of KCCC and its endorsement as a sub working group of the KAZA Conservation Working Group, KCCC has developed a strategy (2018 -2022)  and some coalition members have secured funding for some of their work. KCCC members are geared to strengthening their collaboration in different areas including research, law enforcement, capacity building and awareness, policy and legislation among others. 

Twenty one (21) different priority projects in all the five KCCC focal areas, namely the Kwando Wildlife Dispersal Area; the Greater Kafue Ecosystem; Sebungwe; Hwange-Chobe-Makgadikgadi; and Khaudum-Ngamiland, have been identified and some of these have already received funding. 

The workshop proposed practical solutions to the challenges shared focal area group leaders in the respective focal group areas.

KCCC members acknowledged the pivotal role of communities in the management and conservation of natural resources through the established Transboundary Natural Resources Forums (TBNRMs).  The TBNRM forums are a platform for a dialogue cross-border community on issues relating to data collection which is done at community level. Communities are already playing a key role in data collection, and with the envisaged standardisation of data collection procedures and practices, the significance of their contributions will be heightened. 

The workshop closed with an emphasis on unity and collaboration which has been demonstrated by the coalition thus far. This was underscored as the foundation of the success that the sub-working group has achieved to date.

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