Zimparks coordinates and cooperates with numerous stakeholders in a variety of projects that promote conservation. Over and above the scientific services research efforts with, there are numerous project updates and research material. Most of the following updates are from Painted Dog Hwange:
Special Project Update June 2013 Click here to view full article
National Leopard Project Introduction Click here to view full article
Project update March 2012 Click here to view full article
Painted Dog End of Year Report 2011 Click here to view full article
Project update July - August 2011 Click here to view full article
Project update May - June 2011 Click here to view full article
Project Update - April 2011 Click here to view full article
Painted Dog End of Year Report 2010 Click here to view full article
Zebras in the mist - January 2011 Click here to view full article
Fire in the Gonarezhou National Park Click here to view full article
Painted dog project update September - October 2010 Click here to view full article
Painted dog project update May - June 2010 Click here to view full article
Zimbabwe is proud to be associated with a new and exciting concept, popularly known as Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs), which is currently unfolding in Southern Africa. The Transfrontier Conservation Areas Initiative seeks to bring together established wildlife areas in the subcontinent in order to manage them as integrated units across international boundaries. The initiative involves the establishment, development and management of Transfrontier Conservations Areas.
The inspiration for this comes from the SADC Treaty and the various Protocols developed and thereafter, e.g.
SADC Protocol on Wildlife Conservation and Law Enforcement
SADC Policy On Wildlife
SADC Protocols on Tourism, Fisheries, Forestry, Shared Water Systems, etc
Objectives of TFCAs include the following:
1. to foster trans-national collaboration and cooperation between and among states;
2. Promote cooperation in the management of biological natural resources and cultural heritage resources by encouraging social, economic Â and other partnerships among Government, private sector, local communities and non-governmental organisations;
3. Enhance ecosystem integrity and natural ecological processes by harmonizing wildlife management policies and procedures across international boundaries and striving to remove artificial barriers inhibiting natural movement of animals;
4. To facilitate the establishment and maintenance of a sustainable sub-regional economic base through appropriate development frameworks, strategies and work plans;
5. Promote trans-border eco-tourism development as a means for fostering regional socio-economic development; and
6. Establish mechanisms to facilitate the exchange of technical, scientific and legal information for the joint management of the ecosystem.
TFCA Initiatives in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is currently pursuing six TFCAs and these are at various stages of development. These are:
Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA)
Greater Mapungubwe (GM TFCA)
Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA TFCA)
Lower Zambezi-Mana Pools TFCA
TFCAs in Zimbabwe
This is a section that falls under Conservation.It mainly deals with the conservation of wildlife, anti-poaching, hunting, permits and licenses, Problem Animal Control (PAC), and radio communications.
PROBLEM ANIMAL CONTROL
The Problem Animal Control Unit deals with problem animals such as snakes (venomous and non-venomous), hippos, crocodiles, etc. Pythons are non venomous therefore they can be caught by hand by two people.
After the Python is caught it is not killed because it is an endangered species. Instead, it is disposed into its natural habitat where the area is protected e.g. Lake Chivero Recreational Park or Darwendale Recreational Park. However, venomous snakes such as Cobras and Black mambas are killed using shotguns and burnt or buried.
Crocodiles are captured using crocodile cages and then disposed into lakes or dams such as Lake Kariba.
Poaching is the illegal taking of animals and wild plants contrary to local and international Wildlife Management Laws.
Anti-Poaching involves Law Enforcement pertaining wildlife in Parks Estates, communal lands and within the country. An example of such a law is Section 59, Subsection 2A of the Parks and Wildlife Act Chapter 20:14, which states that NO PERSON SHALL HUNT ANY ANIMAL ON ANY LAND, EXCEPT IN TERMS OF A PERMIT ISSUED.
Workshops (Educational Awareness)
Patrols have increased within potential areas.
Surveillance Systems have been established i.e. Intelligence Gathering.
This branch investigates wildlife crime cases which include poaching, illegal trade in wildlife products and non compliance with Parks Legislation. The department is also tasked with supplying intelligence to operational staff for their deployments of patrol rangers.
The branch is also tasked with crafting strategies aimed at raising national and international awareness on the negative impacts of wildlife crime. In this endeavour it enhances national and international cooperation and collaboration with various stakeholders in the wildlife community.
It also recommends changes to wildlife legislation in order to suit the existing environment. The branch also spearheads joint operations with other law enforcement agency such as the army and the police, in the fight against wildlife crime.