SCALE AP works with various Government of Zimbabwe agencies to review relevant policies and promote more effective law enforcement and prosecution of wildlife crime. In addition, the project strengthens and provides support for community led conservation efforts in and around the Gonarezhou National Park. This includes the recruitment, training, deployment and support to community scouting units as well as environmental education in schools and communities and efforts to mitigate human wildlife conflict. Environmental education programmes and efforts to mitigate human wildlife conflict under this project are spearheaded by the Chilojo Club, a community based organisation that has been formed by GCT, SAT-WILD and the African Conservation Wildlife Fund. Chilojo Club’s dedicated Human Wildlife Conflict Monitors provide on-site training to communities on human wildlife conflict mitigation and they respond rapidly to any reported incidents.
With complementary funding from WILD Phase Two, SCALE AP will also support a conservation-based Community Incentive Scheme to provide direct benefits to communities around the Gonarezhou National Park from wildlife and tourism while incentivising their support and partnership in conservation. Under this incentive scheme, communities will benefit from the proceeds of Shangaan Tourist Camp facilities and the renovated Makonde Environmental and Vocational Training Centre.
SCALE AP also provides match funds to WILD Phase 2 to cover some personnel costs, travelling expenses, project supplies, training and support of community scouting units and renovation of one tribal court.