Posted on 21 May 2015
The US$5.6 million dollar Hwange Sanyati Biological Corridor Project (HSBCP) was officially launched on the 20th
of March 2015 in the iconic Hwange National Park, by the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Honourable Phelekezela Mphoko. The launch was attended by approximately 2000 people from government institutions, local authorities, project communities (Tsholotsho and Hwange districs and Chireya ward), local leadership, schools, NGO’s and media houses. WWF-Zimbabwe is supporting the government in the co-ordination and implementation of this project with funds from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the World Bank. The partners on the project include: Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority; CAMPFIRE Association; Enviornmental Management Agency; and the Forestry Commission.
The launch was running under the theme “Community participation for sustainable biodiversity management,” as the project will link biodiversity conservation with community livelihoods. WWF Zimbabwe is excited to launch this project as it addresses many challenges that the Hwange Sanyati corridor is currently facing that include; inadequate water supply for wildlife, wild fires, poaching of wildlife and timber, human wildlife conflict, land degradation and limited livelihood options.
The HSBCP will focus on; biodiversity conservation, climate change and land degradation. It will cover Hwange National Park and most of northwestern Zimbabwe. This area falls within the Kavango Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA) which is home to the largest contiguous population of elephant in Africa approximately 250 000.