Our impact on ecosystems & wildlife

Though largely an indirect result of COMACO’s efforts to reduce poverty and hunger, COMACO’s more long-term aspiration is to reduce the under-lying drivers of land degradation and biodiversity loss and to secure a more future for wildlife in Luangwa Valley.

Achieving this impact is about farmers and their leaders.  Thompson Tembo’s story sums it all up. After 3 prison sentences for poaching elephants and other species, COMACO’s promise of new skills, inputs and markets sounded like the right way to go and he joined a transformation training along with fellow poachers. Today he makes more money from his 43 beehives and COMACO-supported cash crops than he ever did as a poacher. He now helps COMACO transform other poachers as both a leader and a better farmer.

To date…

    • Over 1 million hectares have been set aside as Community Conservation Areas (CCAs)
    • 23 chiefdoms are implementing Community Conservation Areas (CCPs)
    • Over 2,200 firearms and 100,000 snares have been surrendered.
    • Over 1400 poachers have been transformed and have abandoned wildlife poaching as a livelihood.
    • Key wildlife species’ numbers are increasing or stable in most parts of COMACO’s operational areas.
    • Total hectares under sustainable agriculture exceed 100,000 hectares.
    • Over 57,000 fuel-efficient cookstove now in use by COMACO farmers.
    • Conservation compliance scoring undertaken annually on 4 key variables: sustainable agriculture, leadership and governance, forestry and wildlife with market incentives awarded to those in the top percentile.

Paper of possible interest:

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  • Example of a Community Conservation Plan
  • Methodology on establishing a Community Conservation Plan

Read about our other impacts: On hunger and poverty, On economic sustainability, Documentaries, Factsheets

our impact