Human-wildlife conflicts precipitate significant economic losses and negative attitudes toward wild animals and conservation initiatives. By first reducing these conflicts as much as possible, Honeyguide and its partners provide tangible household benefits across large landscapes, thus strengthening livelihoods and improving the positive participation of communities in natural resource management, including support for the village game scout (VGS) teams that help protect all community resources, including livestock, farms, habitats, and wild animals.
For Honeyguide, the prevention of human-wildlife conflict (HWC) takes the lead in our theory of change. The determination came not from us alone but mainly from communities themselves, who continually, via leadership meetings, household surveys, and focus group discussions, voiced their distress over how wild animals destroyed their crops and killed their livestock. Such conflicts can precipitate significant economic losses and negative attitudes toward wildlife and conservation initiatives in general. By first reducing these economic losses and conflicts as much as possible, Honeyguide and its partners provide tangible household benefits across large landscapes, thus strengthening livelihoods and improving the positive participation of communities in natural resource management.
“We have saved more crops this year than any other . Farmers and communities become so much more supportive of conservation when you help protect their livelihoods.”
– Loiruk A. Mollel, a Honeyguide HWC field officer
How would you like to go without a single good night’s sleep for three months so you could chase enormous and ornery pachyderms away from the treats they savour in the middle of the night? Thought so. But that is the dangerous and thankless work of Honeyguide’s HWC officers and the rangers, community volunteers, and farmers they train and support. Whether they are collecting data on crop damage or putting up chili fences, HWC Officers and such volunteers are truly the unsung heroes of Honeyguide.
Human-Elephant Conflict Toolkit
Working with community youth volunteers and wildlife scouts, Honeyguide developed a Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) Toolkit that uses a sequential order of methods to prevent crop destruction. The objective of the HEC Toolkit is to cause elephants, over time, to react to some of the less confrontational deterrents, such as spotlights, chili fences, and bullhorns, thus decreasing the frequency of times needed to use more expensive and intrusive techniques and also enabling community volunteers to increasingly prevent human-wildlife conflicts themselves. Honeyguide monitors all HWC incidents across its project areas to always modify its strategies and adopt new innovative measures as needed.
Living Walls by Tanzania People & Wildlife
For more than a decade, Tanzania People & Wildlife has developed Living Walls, which are sustainable community-designed enclosures that protect livestock from lions and other animals. Living Walls have been proven to be 99% effective in keeping predators out of cattle corrals thus preventing them from killing livestock and eliminating retaliatory killings, as evidenced in a study published in Biodiversity Conservation (Lichtenfeld, et al. 2015). Today, TPW has constructed more than 750 Living Walls. Honeyguide partners with TPW to implement this critical program in various locations.
Young male leopard found in Lake Manyara By Ng’orongo Nyamoni Honeyguide Communication Manager Every day holds new challenges for the dedicated team of Honeyguide rangers working to conserve and protect wildlife in Burunge Wildlife Management