Millions of people living in and adjacent to transfrontier conservation areas rely on these natural spaces to provide food, energy and livelihoods for themselves and their communities. Peace Parks Foundation joins the global environmental conservation industry in recognizing that the participation of these communities is essential for the success of conservation initiatives. Much work remains to be done though to ensure protected area development that not only conserves, but also creates opportunities and benefits for human well-being in harmony with nature.
Through our Community Development Programme we aim to promote economic growth and development for local communities living adjacent to transfrontier conservation areas, based on the sustainable use of natural resources.
This includes the provision and implementation of
- alternative livelihoods;
- viable and sustainable community-based agriculture for food security;
- alternative energy sources
- reproductive health programmes
- conservation and tourism-related projects; and
- wildlife and nature-based economic opportunities.
Ngonye Falls Community Partnership Park
The Community Partnership Park aims to to protect and conserve the Ngonye Falls and its riverine habitat as a landmark feature – unlocking the ecotourism potential of the area to benefit the local communities.
Ndumo Intervention Programme
This project aims to assist the Bhekabantu and Mbangweni communities living on the eastern border of the Ndumo Game Reserve, a South African component of the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area.
Simalaha Community Conservancy
The Community Conservancy aims to improve the human rights, and improve the social, economic and environmental circumstances of the local communities in this section of the Kavango Zambezi TFCA.
!Ae!Hai Kalahari Heritage Park
The Heritage Park aims to preserve the cultural and traditional knowledge of the indigenous ‡Khomani San and Mier communities, while improving their opportunities to earn a sustainable livelihood.
Mozambique Community Development
This programme focuses on bringing about sustainable economic development of and benefit-sharing by communities living in and around Maputo Special Reserve.
Herding for Health
This project teaches community members to make use of their livestock. While many it as a threat to conservation, the correct management of livestock holds significant benefits for sustainable land use and biodiversity conservation.