To make meaningful, long-term changes to people’s behaviour in terms of their relationships with the predators and crop raiders that share community lands, we need to look at the situation from the people’s perspective FIRST. Human-wildlife conflict is NOT inevitable, but the current approach to kill predators and crop raiders IS inevitable if we neglect the impact they have on people’s safety and livelihoods.
As a community that boarders Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, we live in this special place, next to key wildlife populations. Hwange National Park and many of the protected areas aren’t fenced, leaving wildlife free to wander in to communities. As a result The Soft Foot Alliance Trust is testing innovative ways to support the local community live more harmoniously with our native, wildlife companions.
Our vision for the future is one of abundance for all. By using the principles of permaculture in every aspect of our lives we can ensure that the environment is rehabilitated, and communities and local wildlife thrive. Our motto: Earth Care People Care, Fair Share.