Mozambique Conservation Initiative Communities
HUMAN / WILDLIFE CONFLICT
Conflict between humans and wildlife is an ever increasing problem throughout Africa. As both human and wildlife populations increase, the battle for space and resources becomes a major conservation challenge. Our goal is to better inform and equip the communities and land owners on preventative measures to mitigate these problems and to add value to the wildlife by educating the communities that surround these conservation areas on the sustainable utilization of natural resources and the sharing of these proceeds.
Apart from educating the communities on the benefits and importance of conservation, the need to increase education and skills in these areas will further benefit job creation and conservation awareness. Private investors have taken on the responsibility of building schools, clinics and dams. Our goal is to provide community members with the opportunity of attending courses in fields that will be directly linked to conservation and tourism, as well as providing basic education.
Providing communities with the sense of ownership provides further incentive to conserve and protect the wildlife areas. Currently protein from animals, donations, and portions of government license fees from hunting areas go directly into these communities. Our goal is to help the local communities receive these benefits and allocate them effectively in a sustainable manner.
CROP AND LIVESTOCK ENHANCEMENT
The local communities adjacent to the wildlife areas in our area of operation derive the majority of their wealth from cattle and maize farming. It is our aim to improve the quality of the cattle herds by applying good animal husbandry practices and to increase the yields of the small scale farmer by educating them in applying best practice farming methods and supplying good quality seed, fertilizer and pesticides.