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Partnership with UNDP under the GEF6 project

SAFIRE in partnership with UNDP under the GEF6 project ‘Zambezi valley Biodiversity Project (ZVBP)’ has enhanced Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) processing by providing a Masau/Mauyu Dehauler and an oil press in Mbire, Masoka Ward 11. This will increase and promote the production of Non-Timber Forest products such as indigenous jam making enterprises, Marula and Baobab oil making among other indigenous products.

The project is in line with supporting communities to sustainably manage the forests, increase household nutrition, generate income and reduce human wildlife conflict among other benefits. The project also intended to reduce community poverty levels and biodiversity loss in the Zambezi Valley, and this was achieved through embracing community driven approaches such as Sustainable Forest Management (SFM), Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and Human Wildlife Conflict Management (HWCM). In Zambezi Valley, biodiversity degradation is being exacerbated by wildlife poaching, increased wildlife populations, poor farming methods, deforestation due to human factors including tobacco curing and climate change related hazards such as floods and droughts.

In recent years the frequency of occurrence of droughts and floods has increased in the Zambezi Valley. An increase in the frequency of extreme events negatively impact on livelihoods, especially those classified as poor, mainly by reducing livelihood options. Due to limited livelihood options, these areas resulted in reduced capacity of communities to recover from disasters thereby leaving communities with no option rather than overexploitation of natural resources such as wildlife, forestry and land in trying to cope with the disasters.

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