Community-owned conservation areas are extremely important at Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA).
Community-owned conservation areas are vital because they involve local communities in the conservation process. These communities are often the ones who live closest to the wildlife and the natural resources, and they rely on these resources for their livelihoods. By involving them in the management of the conservation area, they become stakeholders and are more likely to become invested in protecting it.
Furthermore, community-owned conservation areas often prioritize sustainable and responsible use of natural resources over short-term exploitation. This ensures that the resources will be available for future generations, and that the local communities will continue to benefit from them.
In KAZA TFCA, community-owned conservation areas also help to create corridors for wildlife movement, which is essential for maintaining healthy populations and genetic diversity. These corridors allow animals to move between different parts of the conservation area, and even between different countries, without encountering barriers such as fences or roads.
Overall, community-owned conservation areas are a critical component of conservation efforts in KAZA TFCA, as they help to protect wildlife, promote sustainable use of natural resources, and involve local communities in the conservation process.