A positive story: Peace Parks
"I know of no political movement, no philosophy, no ideology, which does not agree with the peace parks concept as we see it going into fruition today. It is a concept that can be embraced by all. In a world beset by conflicts and division, peace is one of the cornerstones of the future. Peace parks are a building block in this process, not only in our region, but potentially in the entire world."
– Nelson Mandela
Zimbabwe gets a lot of negative press, much of it merited. However, there are some wonderfully positive stories going on here too, and the existence of two regions that are members of the Peace Parks Foundation
is worthy of note. More formally known as Trans Frontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs), the idea behind them is that conservation can not only work nation by nation, but by creating wildlife corridors across borders, protecting all important habitats from country to country. These are of major importance when it comes to supporting sustainable development through tourism and, in so doing, promulgate peace and stability. The member countries work together to help combat wildlife crime, protect ecosystems, work on disease control, advocacy and political support, as well as supporting community development projects.
Zimbabwe is a member of two TFCAs, with more in the pipeline. The Kavango-Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area is in the northwest, sometimes referred to as the Ivory Route, as it provides a corridor for elephants to move between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe where the Okavango and Zambezi river basins meet. This is the world’s largest such area covering a region the size of France. The other is the Great Limpopo Trans Frontier Park in the southeast corner of the country, opening up a corridor that links Limpopo National Park in Mozambique, Kruger National Park in South Africa and Gonarezhou National Park, Manjinji Pan Sanctuary and Malipati Safari Area in Zimbabwe. Big and beautiful terrain for big and beautiful wildlife including elephant and buffalo.