By Jeffrey Muvundusi
THE government says it is drafting a Statutory Instrument to address the prevalent human-wildlife conflict through ensuring that revenue generated from hunting quotas is allocated to affected communities.
This comes after former permanent secretary in the Environment ministry Munesu Munodawafa told delegates at the just-ended Elephant Conference that policy makers must consider the interests of indigenous communities who bear the brunt of human wildlife conflict.
In the latest move, the government is pushing to ensure that affected communities fully benefit following the endless war between them and wildlife, which has left many maimed or dead.
Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday Environment minister Mangaliso Ndlovu said they are going to enact the SI soon.
“There is a statutory instrument that we are drafting which is going to be enacted soon which says that revenue that is generated from hunting quotas should be given to the communities because such communities are affected by the human-wildlife conflict, especially their fields and their livelihoods
“There is human-wildlife conflict. As the government, we have noted that it is important to reward the people who live in such communities,” Ndlovu said.
The minister, however, indicated that what determines the cost of a hunting quota is the number of bids adding that it was pleasing that at the moment the competition was very high.
“Such a hunting quota is then put to competitive bidding so that hunters can put their bids to the council indicating the money that they are going to pay. We are looking forward to those who will be offering higher bids, their bids will be taken up by councils.”
While not giving the exact time frame the minister said the government was already working on a statutory instrument to that effect.
The minister also noted the existence of the Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) law, which dictates that when proceeds from hunting have been realised, they should be shared with the community and traditional leaders