Working with the DPNW to reduce poaching in the Chiawa GMA.
Poaching is a two-fold issue: Poaching of wildlife is undertaken by local people (often using small snares or poison) as a source of protein or for sale at market:
The poaching of small game at high densities is reducing the number ofprey species and is increasingly leading to the accidental trapping andkilling of threatened carnivores including wild dogs and lions. Ivory poaching is undertaken by outside actors, whether from Lusaka or internationally:
Ivory poaching remains a problem in the buffer zone areas becauseanti-poaching operations are less consistent. Poachers rely on thesupport of local people, which is often willingly given due to theunderlying conflict with elephants.
1) Significantly reduce the level of subsistence poaching in the area of Mugulameno villages:
By ensuring that households benefit positively from wildlife tourism and no longer rely so heavily on wild sources of proteinin order to feed their families, subsistence poaching in theMugulameno village area will be significantly reduced. Poaching for commercial sale will also be curbed so that it is not an attractive way to make money. This will reduce the death of ungulates, as well as many non-target species that are indiscriminately caught in snares or poisoned. 2) Eliminate ivory poaching from the Chiawa GMA:
Through consistent anti-poaching enforcement and the support of local people, the poachingof elephants for ivory will be eliminated from the Chiawa GMA.