Image promoting event on the Zimbabwe Biodiversity Economy Report


Empowering the community conservancy model

12:00 Harare time


2nd of 5 one-hour dialogues on 

What’s next for Zimbabwe’s wildlife economy?


Webinar recording


If Zimbabwe’s wildlife and natural resource regulations can be amended to allow for full ownership rights of communities over wildlife, this could open up new opportunities for wildlife enterprise development on communal land… Allowing communities to form authentic community-owned conservancies – as has been done successfully in Namibia – has the potential to increase the attractiveness of wildlife-based land use for communal land users… 

The proposed community conservancy model offers enhanced opportunities for joint venture enterprises and agreements to be made directly with private investors. For example, private investors can reach agreements directly with communities to lease a portion of conservancy land for nature-based tourism or hunting and to develop lodges. 

Growth opportunities for the wildlife sector exist in the development of wildlife-based land uses outside state PAs, particularly in communal areas and on private land, and potentially in resettlement areas. The main barriers are land tenure, lack of devolved appropriate authority, and high start-up costs. 

(ZBE Report, p 48)


  • Mr Mutuso Dhliwayo, Executive Director, Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association
  • Dr Emmanuel Mwakiwa, Lecturer and researcher, University of Zimbabwe [TBC]


  • Dr Shylock Muyengwa, Managing Director, Center for Impact Evaluation and Research Design
  • Ms Prudence Nkomo, Coordinator, ShareScreen Africa