Country – Zimbabwe
Working through key partners African Wildlife Conservation Fund (AWCF), the CCI helps to support the 3,500km2 Savé Valley Conservancy (SVC) in the remote south-east of Zimbabwe; resident range for both Cheetah and African Wild Dogs. We have supported this magnificent wildlife area with technical and financial support (through AWCF) for work with the neighbouring communities; specifically, education and human wildlife conflict mitigation.
The schools-based education program around the SVC has been run by AWCF since 2011 and currently works with 64 schools. CCI has joined forces with AWCF as a strategic partner, assisting with fundraising support (and capacity building for AWCF staff to fundraise), technical support and direct engagement to maximise the benefits from the program for long term cheetah conservation. Activities include; conservation lessons in schools, conservation club support, a secondary school scholarship program, provision of libraries, literacy programs, field trips, inter-school competitions and leadership training courses.
We have also been providing strategic advice to AWCF to help the SVC with developing a human wildlife conflict mitigation program for the neighbouring communities as well as partnering with stakeholders in the area to initiate a Fence Guardians program to help maintain the SVC boundary fence; both to reduce poaching and conflict with people.