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Wildlife and Environment

Re-framing the Wildlife Based Land Reform Programmes in Zimbabwe

Oct 03, 2012 - Comments: 0

Although the Wildlife Based Land Reform Programmes (WLBLRPP) and the Forestry Based Land Reform Programme (FBLRP) were part and parcel of the Fast Track Land Reform Programme (FTLRP), not much public attention has been brought to these over the last decade. Not until recently of course when the Save Valley Conservancy developments made it into the popular press. Most Zimbabweans, however, are not even aware that there is also the FBLRP that saw A1 settlers on potions of the Forestry Commission land. But the forestry-based land reform is unlikely to make it into the news because it lacks the combustible elements that the wildlife one has, that is: the indigenization issue; and the potential big business—in this case the lucrative hunting concessions.

Another devastating loss to Black Rhino conservation in Zimbabwe

Nov 16, 2007 - Comments: 0

Last week on the night of Wednesday 7th November, Amber, DJ and Sprinter were murdered. They were three adult black rhino, all shot dead by poachers. Amber was pregnant, due to give birth this week, but her perfectly formed foetus died with her. Their deaths represent a massive blow to black rhino conservation efforts in Zimbabwe.

The black rhino is listed as critically endangered, and is the most highly endangered large mammal on earth - it is being wiped out of existence faster than any other large animal on earth.

Zimbabwe : Transfrontier Park and World Heritage Site under threat

Aug 01, 2005 - Comments: 0

In the south east of Zimbabwe lies the massive Gonarezhou National Park, a previously unspoiled wilderness. The Park is flanked on its eastern boundary by the border with Mozambique and just to the south lies the mighty Kruger National Park. Before the Mugabe regime initiated the chaotic land grab in Zimbabwe to bolster its rapidly declining popularity, conservationists and wild life experts had been planning, and the governments concerned had committed themselves to, a Transfrontier Park which would straddle the borders between Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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