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Simalaha gains momentum

Simalaha gains momentum

Simalaha gains momentum
M. Nyambe

Three key events have been recent cause for celebration for the Simalaha Community Wildlife Conservancy, which was set up in 2013 by the two chiefdoms of Senior Chief InyamboYeta and of Chief Sekute, establishing the Zambian component of the Kavango Zambezi TFCA.

Last year fences were erected and the first wildlife translocations carried out. The impala and wildebeest have settled well and increased their numbers. Over a hundred farmers have been trained in conservation farming to help reduce human-wildlife conflict. During 2014 the two chiefdoms have kept up the momentum with the full support of the Zambia Wildlife Authority and key government agencies.

The first major event this year was the visit by Chief Liswani of Namibia, who came to meet the two chiefs whose communities are driving the establishment of the cnservancy.

The second was the visit by the Second Lady of Zambia, the Hon Charlotte Scott, wife of the Vice-President of Zambia. The Second Lady met with the two chiefs and toured the wildlife sanctuary to see for herself the wildlife back on the Simalaha Floodplains.

The third event was the passing-out parade of 22 community wildlife game scouts trained by the Zambia Wildlife Authority. (See the Livingstone section of Zambezi Traveller.)

The Namibian component of the KAZA TFCA has a long history of success with the establishment of community-based wildlife conservancies. Chief Liswani was happy to exchange information with Senior Chief InyamboYeta and Chief Sekute. He toured the wildlife sanctuary to view the wildlife that had been translocated from Namibia to Zambia to restock the Simalaha Conservancy. Chief Liswani invited the people of the Simalaha Conservancy to visit the wildlife conservancies on the Caprivi Strip in Namibia.

During 2014 further species of wildlife will be added to the wildlife sanctuary. The Zambia Wildlife Authority has been a key partner and has supported the two chiefdoms to achieve their aims to improve the lives of their communities by building up wildlife numbers to create employment through tourism. Private sector tourism companies are showing keen interest in partnering with the Simalaha Conservancy.

The three chiefs proposed that traditional leaders from all of the five KAZA TFCA countries meet on a regular basis to discuss the further development of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. An initial meeting of KAZA chiefs is in the planning stages.

More from this issue:
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ZT17 (June 2014) - Full Content Listing

More on transfrontier parks from this issue of the Zambezi Traveller:
Towards one health
After the fences came down
Between man and nature
Solutions for conflict with lions
Pomp and ceremony at KAZA event
Tourism, beef or both?
Simalaha gains momentum
Looking to the future