Wildlife rangers making use of PACE materials in Zimbabwe
Wildlife Protection Rangers working in the northern part of Nyaminyami District in Zimbabwe have been enjoying PACE, the conservation benefits and building very positive links with communities they work amongst.
The rangers, part of the Kariba REDD+ team, received training from PACE coordinator Penny Fraser last year. Penny was in the area with the Kariba REDD+ Project Development Manager Pieter Bezuidenhout, a follow up visit on a PACE inception meeting in the Mola community.
The rangers were impressed by the information and resources they received and realised the positive impact it could have on their own lives and also to engage the communities around them to come up with solutions to some of the very real problems they face.
After learning from the forestry package in the PACE pack, they thought about how best they could save their wild forests, which is being destroyed by people cutting trees and by wild fires. They realised that ‘planting indigenous trees could substitute for lost trees so raised a tree nursery with 722 seedlings, including: Brown ivory, Purple cluster, Red hook berry, Tamarind, Mufti, Wild mango, Mountain acacia, Green Monkey orange, Buffalo thorn, Kudu berry, Wine cup, Wing bean, Knob thorn acacia, Jacaranda, Moringa oleifera, Crocodile bark, and Guava.’
‘We learnt that planting trees around camps, schools and villages will help people realise the value and importance of trees. We learnt ways to cultivate useful species, which people will later be able to harvest for fuelwood or timber from the trees grown so that we can take the pressure off wild resources.’
'Our aims are to establish another nursery in the community, in community groups and hope to sell them as income generating businesses. The 722 seedlings we raised were planted in three community schools in Mola, Mola Secondary, Mola Primary and Kalundu Primary.'
The wildlife guards have appreciated learning different ways to find solutions to their problems, and activities that build rapport between themselves and their wider community. We're excited at the many different ways community development and environmental sustainability is being built by Kariba REDD+ and look forward to following their wildlife guards PACE journey as it progresses next year.