The Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) has completed a human wildlife conflict mitigation programme in ward seven in Tsholotsho.

The ward has recorded better harvests in the fields since the launch of the programme in 2015. 

The project which was started in 2015 uses chilli guns and gum pole barriers to prevent the movement of elephants into people`s fields.

Community volunteers from ward 7 are now assisting their counterparts in ward 1, 3 and 4 where a similar system is being set up.

CAMPFIRE chief executive officer, Mr Charles Jonga says although his organisation was designed to promote the management of wildlife in communal areas for the benefit of rural communities, it is being affected by the scourge of poaching which is being fuelled by international syndicates for elephant ivory.

“The programme has also suffered from unwarranted attacks by animal right groups who are against hunting and are at the fore front of questioning community benefits from wildlife when they do not contribute anything to the programme,” he said.

The human wildlife mitigation programme falls under the Hwange-Sanyati Biological Corridor Project funded by the Global Environment Facility through the World Bank.

Under the same project, CAMPFIRE is developing a community game in Sidinda ward in Hwange where the government has already donated various animal species which include 100 buffalos.