In February 2016, National Parks, local stakeholders, conservationists and civil groups met to discuss the pending 2016 drought and its effect on Hwange National Park and its surrounding communities. Working in partnership with “GroupElephant.com” a 60 Day Emergency Crisis Intervention Plan has been prepared in anticipation of the imminent drought. Two areas of intervention were identified:
With limited resources and time, it is impractical to feed entire villages | Children are the future generation that has been recognized as the important target through schools | Historical facts show that school attendance and pass rates are greatly increased with sufficient dietary supplements | Rural Communities are better off when the children are taken care of and this alone takes away the pressure of the whole community | The area effective local stakeholders with very good relationships with local communities and in particular the schools in the target areas | Key local stakeholders have been identified as the key implementers of the intervention plans but will need to be resourced through urgent donor funding | Local Communities will be involved assisting and in the preparation and feeding of school children with the provision of one meal per day per child for 31 Weeks (2nd & 3 rd School Term as the dire months) effective 2nd May 2016
It is impossible to provide food for wildlife to a Park the size of 14000 Square kilometers, however water supply is critical to the survival of the wildlife through spreading the supply to strategic water holes giving them wider access to food reserves | There are approximates 95 Drilled Boreholes in Hwange National Park, of which less than 20% are currently working efficiently | CWF identified the environmental groups and local stakeholders already pumping water in the park and working in the area of water provision | Through its funding, CWF will adequately resource the identified organizations in order to increase the capacity and efficiency of existing water holes and properly equip other boreholes | Most provisions will be in the form of cleaning out boreholes and equipping these sites with Solar driven Water pumps in strategic areas that will allow the spread of wildlife to available food resources through out the Park | There will be no drilling of new borehole sites inline with current Hwange Park Plan, except in the areas of increasing capacity where current holes already exist | Solar Units are the only considerations because they are maintainance free and will require very little checking up or the extra expenditure of fuels once installed | The Spreading of water points along traditional wildlife corridors is in line with Kaza initiatives and therefore will be a big help in the future planning of the management of wildlife.