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Supporting Community-led Conservation in the Great-Limpopo Trans-Frontier Conservation Area


The SCALE AP Project focused on the SE Lowveld of Zimbabwe and adjacent areas of Mozambique, is one of four landscape projects funded by USAID to combat wildlife crime across SADC.


SAT-WILD is the admin and technical lead in partnership with Gonarezhou Conservation Trust (GCT) & Tikki Hywood Foundation (THF).


The main operational focus is Gonarezhou National Park and its neighbouring Communities as well as Maungé Conservancy  in neighbouring Mozambique.


The project partners are also involved in facilitating and monitoring  prosecution of IWT more broadly across the SE Lowveld as well as engagement with senior officials and policy makers at national level to raise awarenss around the organised crime aspects of IWT and to facilitate critical review of relevant policy, penalities and sytems to improve law enforcement and prosecutions outcomes to combat it.


The overall goal of the project is to reduce commercial wildlife crime in the SE Lowveld and GL-TFCA through:


  • Establishing a framework for coordinated stakeholder effort in                                        combatting wildlife crime in the SE Lowveld & GL-TFCA


  • Developing prosecutions monitoring & reporting mechanisms that measure law enforcement effort and streamline Zimbabwe's reporting to existing conservation treaties and regional strategies


  • Building local and transboundary partnerships, capacity and policy framework for improved LE & prosecution in the SE Lowveld & GL-TFCA


  • Engaging communities as proactive partners in conservation

  • Supporting CBNRM governance, devolution and user rights

  • Partnerships & sustainable financial incentives

  • Community scouting & security partnerships

  • Supporting Traditional Law and restortative justice in combating wildife crime

  • Mitigating HWC and other conflicts between communities & conservation

  • Investing in environmental education & resilient livelihood training

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