Bamunu conservancy generates millions in trophy hunting

13 Sep 2017 14:10pm
CHICHIMANI, 13 SEP (NAMPA) - Bamunu Nature Conservation Community Project in Sibbinda Constituency of Zambezi Region on Tuesday pledged to plough the revenue it generated from trophy hunting back into community development.
Conversancy Secretary, Austin Muyabe told Nampa in an interview on Tuesday that nearly N.dollars 40 million has been generated so far since inception of the conservancy in 2011.
This year alone, the conservation project collected more than N.dollars 1, 4 million in revenue from trophy hunting.
Before the end of 2017, the project expects more foreign professional trophy hunters to come to the conservancy to hunt zebras, elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles, warthogs, hippos and kudus.
Muyabe explained that the conservancy, which is situated about 60 kilometres south-east of Katima Mulilo, covers land areas around five villages - Muketela, Chichimani, Kanono, Shaile, and Malundu.
The conservancy has more than 500 elephants, 3 000 buffalos, 4 000 zebras and many other game species.
Muyabe said the conservancy’s eight community game guards conserve all wild animals, grass and trees in the conservancy and consequently derive revenue through the various tourism and trophy hunting activities.
He said one buffalo and an elephant hunted by professional trophy hunters could easily fetch prices between N.dollars 100 000 and N.dollars 300 000 for the conservancy.
He also pointed out that conservancy members, at their annual general meetings, often pass un-reversible decisions on how to spend the money.
“In 2015 and 2016 the conservancy used about N.dollars 800 000 to electrify different small villages forming part of the conservancy,” said Muyabe.
In 2012, the conservancy also built an administration office block from the generated revenue and further bought a new tractor and trailer which are used as transport to patrol parts of the conservancy.
Muyabe said the conservancy is already planning to buy new tractors for each member of the conservancy so that the tractors can assist community members with the ploughing of their crop fields.
Bamunu Nature Conservation Community Project has 15 office bearers and many representatives of each member village.
Spokesperson of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Romeo Muyunda on Tuesday told Nampa that Bamanu Conservancy is one of the most successful and transparent community projects so far under the ministry.
Muyunda said MET Minister, Pohamba Shifeta at the beginning of this year allocated full trophy hunting quotas to the Bamunu Conservancy for the period 2017 to 2019.
Muyunda said the conservancy is expected to directly generate millions of dollars in the trophy hunting of 12 buffaloes, 10 zebras, three elephants, four warthogs, three hippos and two kudus.
There are 16 community nature conservation projects in the Zambezi Region.