The Kavango Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservation Area (KAZA-TFCA) has adopted the Namibian model of the Human Wildlife Compensation Fund with the intention of spreading it to other member states to ensure victims receive compensation for their losses.
Cases of human wildlife conflict continue to affect most communities living adjacent to wildlife areas in the KAZA-TFCA member countries.
Although statistics for each of the five member states were not immediately available, the regional body confirms that the Zambezi region in Namibia and areas surrounding Hwange National Park are hotspots for human wildlife conflict.
KAZA-TFCA executive director, Dr Morris Mutsambiwa said the regional body which has been conducting a series of workshops seeking to mitigate cases of human wildlife conflict has seen the Namibian model which is controlled by communities to be effective and self sustainable.
“It’s the community themselves who put aside the proceeds from hunting and other activities. They know who has what and they know how they will compensate him if he loses out something, so it`s working very well,” said Dr Mutsambiwa.
Zimbabwe has proposed to craft a Human Wild Life Conflict Compensatory Fund after rising reports of loss of lives, livestock and property in communities adjacent to wildlife areas.
Meanwhile, Angola has indicated to the regional body that it is now ready to join the KAZA-UNIVISA which currently has Zimbabwe and Zambia.