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.
- 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