Supporting Community-led Conservation in the Great-Limpopo Trans-Frontier Conservation Area
Its proximity to the spectacular Lake Kariba, Ume River and Matusadonah National Park as well as the inherent natural and cultural attributes of the Omay CAMPFIRE Area encompassed by the Conservancy, impart enormous diversity and variation for biodiversity conservation, tourism and community development in the area.
Although not part of the GL-TFCA and situated on the opposite side of the country in northern Zimbabwe, the Ume River Conservancy is nonetheless an important component of the WILD Programme. This project area has a completely different and contrasting set of opportunities, resources, challenges and stakeholders - requiring adaption and flexibility of the implementation and sustainability model. Cross-links of this project with those in the GL-TFCA lends WILD greater relevance to the national CBNRM dialogue.
WILD is proud to support increased community participation and equity in the Ume River Conservancy which is an initiative of African Conservancies Ltd and Carbon Green Africa - which runs the largest REDD+ Carbon Credit project in Africa.
Its proximity to the spectacular Lake Kariba, the beautiful Ume River and Matusadona National Park as well as the inherent natural and cultural attributes of the Omay CAMPFIRE Area encompassed by the Conservancy all impart enormous diversity and variation for biodiversity conservation, tourism and community development in the area. The area simply has world class tourism potential – both in terms of diversity – with a rich aquatic and recreational component - as well as quality of untouched and spectacular wilderness for consumptive and non-consumptive ecotourism.
The establishment of effective management and anti-poaching protection of both terrestrial and aquatic environments in the Ume River Conservancy is an important contribution to overall protection and security of the Matusadona National Park and broader Sebungwe Region of Zimbabwe – home to important populations of elephant and other wildlife which have been under enormous poaching pressure from organised crime gangs in recent years.
In addition to interventions and developments for improvement of Community-Led Conservation systems and enterprises for the terrestrial component – which will be similar to activities described for Naivasha and Jamanda Community Conservancies in the GL-TFCA – in Ume RC, WILD will also focus on more sustainable management and harvesting of natural fisheries in the Ume River – with development of an improved value chain for fishing cooperatives and invasive fresh-water crayfish.