A two day Holistic Land Management Workshop recently inspired members of Mambanje Village on the border of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

The Mambanje community is a special one and critical to conservation efforts in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Located just 2km away from the Hwange National Park border, it is important that the community is aware of their responsibility of taking care of and living in harmony with their natural surroundings, whilst at the same time to be able to prosper and be financially sustained. Through all of the different ABCF programmes, we aim to empower the community with education and sustainable income generation such that they understand their role in the ecosystem and in being very close to important natural biodiversity. Through our education projects, the community is learning more about protecting and living in harmony with their environment, while empowering them financially.

The area is inhabited by the Nambya people. It is a hot area with minimal rains and thus their main crops grown are small grains, like wheat and sorghum. As descendants of Zimbabwe’s Rozvi empire who are known for their farming, cattle rearing and mining skills, the Nambya people’s favoured economic activity is cattle rearing and farming. The Mambanje village elders speak of a prosperous lifestyle in the past as they used to have a river within the village which unfortunately dried up in the 1970’s leaving the community with no source of water during the dry season. This is when the community started realising serious problems as the main livelihoods were closely linked with the river and its water. The African Bush Camps Foundation is committed to working with the Mambanje Community and learning sustainable techniques to survive and thrive in these new conditions.

Part of these initiatives took the form of a 2-day workshop on Holistic Land Management with members of the community, the aim for this was to get the community engaged in identifying solutions towards land regeneration and water catchment. They managed to map a way forward using a holistic context and managed to draft a sketch of their landscape, identify the resources they have and the future resource base they would like to have. They also identified the assistance they need from various stakeholders to successfully improve their landscape.

Precious Phiri (facilitator) together with community members identifying the various vegetation around the village.
Community members engaged in the drafting of a Mambanje map for easier identification of paddocks for a grazing plan.
Zanele preparing lunch for her community members

Happy World Environment Day – Holistic Land Management Workshop Dance

Happy UN Environment #WorldEnvironmentDay2019 to all of our supports and partners. A day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Above all, #WorldEnvironmentDay is the "people's day" for doing something to take care of the Earth. That "something" can be local, national or global.We support a range of activities within the communities we work with, in vulnerable wildlife areas in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia (more to come soon) but for now we'll share this heartwarming video of Village Head Chipembere leading a song as an energizer during a 2 day workshop on Holistic Land Management recently held in Mambanje Village on the border of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. The aim for the workshop was to get the community engaged in identifying solutions towards land regeneration and water catchment.It is engagement like this that we strive to empower and facilitate through our relationships with communities, and it is only possible through the social enterprise of African Bush Camps and all the supporters walking this road with us, thank you.

Posted by African Bush Camps Foundation on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

We really enjoyed this video of Village Head Chipembere leading a song as an energizer during the workshop

  

Complete first draft of the Mambanje map.

The community broke into groups to create plans based on specific concepts explored during the workshop.
Mrs Mathe from Mambanje presenting her group’s work on livelihood options available in their village

Part of empowerment of the Mambanje Community in managing their natural resources is the Mambanje Community Garden and Solar Borehole project, which we’re raising support for at the moment.

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