March 2016

Darwin Initiative grant for harmonizing land use in Save Valley Community

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Save the Rhino is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £267,882 from the Darwin Initiative, a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide.

Credit: Lowveld Rhino TrustSave the Rhino will be partnering with the Lowveld Rhino Trust, Senuko Ranching Pvt Ltd and the Gudo Community Development Trust to implement a project focused on harmonizing land use in Save Valley Conservancy, south-eastern Zimbabwe. The Save Valley Conservancy is home to one of Africa’s large black rhino populations, together with all five large predators, elephants, buffalo and other endangered species.

This project will facilitate the implementation of a Joint Venture business model and adaptive land-use planning framework to integrate wildlife, livestock and the local community in a semi-arid mixed-use region, achieving more sustainable use of natural resources along with socio-economic gains for stakeholders.

The funding will be provided over three years, and we look forward to updating you on this exciting new project. You can read more information on the project background in an article by Raoul du Toit, Director of the Lowveld Rhino Trust.

Photo credits Lowveld Rhino Trust

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