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2023: Successes and Challenges in Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation

Earlier this week, we shared a comprehensive recap of the Veterinary Pillar's accomplishments in 2023. Today, let's take a closer look at the impactful moments that defined our commitment to mitigating human-wildlife conflict in Mozambique.

By the Numbers:

📈 Reported Conflicts: 181

🛠️ Responded Conflicts: 111

🐘 Training Sessions: 13 = 321 individuals across the country

Success Rate by Mitigation Method:

📣 Airhorn: 74%

💥 Birdbangs: 63%

🎆 Fire Crackers: 64%

🔦 Flashlight: 65%

🎨 Paintball Gun: 100%

🌿 Traditional Method: 33%

Community cooperative fields with electric fences: 100%

Safe space development in high density HWC areas:

Implementation of 6 community/cooperative farms developed with electric fences (114 hectares) in 5 districts, benefiting 176 households, in HWC hotspot areas. Including extra layers of one health and education support.

Training Initiatives:

In addition to our conflict resolution efforts, we conducted 13 training sessions across various national parks and communities. These sessions focused on essential techniques such as creating peri peri blocks and other innovative methods to safely deter elephants other wildlife, as well as the legal frame around HWC in Mozambique, contributing to a more informed and empowered local community.

Addressing Diverse Conflicts:

Our dedicated team responded to a diverse range of conflicts, from encounters with elephants in agricultural areas to clashes with predators near communities. In 2023, we successfully mediated 111 conflicts, ensuring the safety of both humans and wildlife.

Partnership Power:

None of these achievements would have been possible without our incredible partners, particularly the local communities, who play a vital role in reporting and resolving conflicts. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all institutions, partners, and stakeholders involved in the ongoing efforts to mitigate human-wildlife conflict.

Looking Ahead to 2024:

As we step into 2024, our commitment to alleviating human-wildlife conflict remains unwavering. Together, we'll continue to explore innovative solutions, respond to challenges, and strive for harmonious coexistence between communities and our invaluable wildlife.

Let's make 2024 a year filled with more success stories, collaborative efforts, and lasting solutions to ensure the well-being of both humans and wildlife.

Thank you for being part of the Mozambique Wildlife Alliance family!

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