PARK MANAGEMENT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

Nsumbu National Park is managed by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW). The primary day to day supervisor is the Senior Park Ranger who is based in Nsumbu HQ and whom all anti poaching operations are supervised by. Conservation Lake Tanganyika is a recognized partner in all aspects of park management and we enjoy a close working relationship with all levels of DNPW personnel.

Whilst we recognize that the DNPW has then final say in all aspects of law enforcement; our strategic support in many aspects of anti poaching and other management issues means our voice is respected and we participate in all decision making.

We are involved in:

Construction of Critical Park Infrastructure

A lack of housing, storage, operations control room and signage were all contributing to reduced capabilities of the DNPW to carry out their mandate in Nsumbu. Through our cooperating partners and international donors CLT has been responsible for renovating housing, construction of an operations control room and rehabilitation of the DNPW offices in Nsumbu.

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Provision and Support of motorized equipment for anti poaching support

CLT has continued providing ongoing maintenance and spares to all DNPW anti poaching ladncruisers as needed. these vehicles are critical in ensuring scouts in the field are well supported and that we are able to adequately cover the vast areas of Nsumbu. Additionally CLT constructed and maintains a patrol boat which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every week. This includes significant safety and navigational equipment.

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Strategic Planning Support and Coordination

CLT constructed an operations control room to be utilized for all patrol planning, briefing and debriefing. An adjoining office space is utilised by a newly formed Investigations and Intelligence Unit that is funded through CLT. This office and control rooms is fully equipped with maps, laptop and other equipment making it the nerve center of field operations.

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THREATS

Despite increased efforts by CLT and DNPW there remains an extremely high threat from illegal activities throughout the protected area of Nsumbu and Tondwa. Increasing wildlife populations act as an attraction to would be poachers and poaching methods change from a prevalent use of firearms to a drastic increase in wire snares. Flexible tactics and responses are required to counter the threats that continue to be faced. the biggest threat to biodiversity in Nsumbu and Tondwa remains illegal firearms and wire snares, both used for illegal poaching of wildlife:

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Sadly the use of wire snares remains high. It is an exceptionally cruel way to hunt and often abandoned snares kill years after being set and only contribute to wasted opportunities.

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Illegal fishing is another ongoing threat, especially using beach sein nets which are illegal throughout Tanganyika due to their destructive effects. A zero tolerance approach is taken towards Sein nets as above.

 

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Illegal firearms and wire snares kill untold thousands of wild animals in Africa and Nsumbu is no exception. Almsot all to satisfy a growing urban demand for bushmeat.

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