LTSER Zone Atelier Hwange - Zimbabwe

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Site Name
LTSER Zone Atelier Hwange
Short name
ZAHWG
Country
Zimbabwe
Keywords
agricultural practices
climate change
Conservation of biodiversity
ecosystem services
human-nature relation
Inland surface waters
mammals
Protected sites
Site Description
The LTSER Zone Atelier Hwange (ZAHWG) belongs to LTER-France network and is located in western Zimbabwe, in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is centered around Hwange National Park. The ecosystem is dominated by dystrophic savannas (mostly wooded savannas and dry woodlands) with discrete water sources. Surrounding land-uses include forestry areas, subsistence agro-pastoral farming, private ranches and hunting concessions, and mining. The ZAHG conducts an interdisciplinary research on the dynamics and resilience of this socio-ecological system organised, around a large protected area with re-known large mammal diversity and facing major social and climatic challenges for sustainable conservation
Last modified
2020-09-11 03:09:26
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
Operational
Year Established
2010
Purpose
The ZAHWG aims at coordinating and developing a body of research on the "Dynamics of biodiversity and sustainable use of anthropic savannas: the role of protected areas in sustaining ecosystem services and rural development". This platform promotes long-term place-based research and uses the framework and connection of a long-term program, HERD - Hwange Environment Research Development, that focuses on the park and its periphery, as well as a French-Zimbabwean research platform "Produce and Conserve in Partnership" (RP-PCP) focusing on trans-frontier conservation areas (TFCA). Hwange belongs to the largest TFCA, the KAZA TFCA (Kavango-Zambezi TFCA). Several key issues serve as umbrella themes for several shorter-term projects: Elephant and biodiversity dynamics, Large herbivore population regulation mechanisms - top-down vs bottom up, People - Protected area relationships, Natural resources co-management and ecosystem services.
History
The ZAHWG is a facilitating research structure that uses the existing Hwange National Park (created in 1929 and fully gazetted after the WWII), the neighbouring State Forest (Sikumi Forest Area) gazetted in 1968, and a set of rural areas and private ranches which contours are inherited from colonial times. Though the ZAHWG was formally labeled in 2010, the long-term ecological and socio-ecological research works started prior to that, in 1999, through the Hwange Environmental Research Development program (HERD), and was boosted-up by the Zimbabwe based research platform "Produce and Conserve in Partnership" in 2007 which focuses on Trans-Trontier Conservation Areas more broadly.
Photos
Waterholes are used by numerous species of large mammalian herbivores

Waterholes are used by numerous species of large mammalian herbivores

Cape buffalo drinking at a waterhole

Cape buffalo drinking at a waterhole

A giraffe and some zebras drinking at a waterhole

A giraffe and some zebras drinking at a waterhole

Capture of a plains zebra for GPS collar deployment

Capture of a plains zebra for GPS collar deployment

Cheetah in the grass

Cheetah in the grass

An ear-tagged impala

An ear-tagged impala

A hyaena carrying a GPS collar

A hyaena carrying a GPS collar

Elephant capture for GPS deployment

Elephant capture for GPS deployment

Geographic
Size
1500000.00ha
Elevation (average)
1000.00msl
Elevation (min)
600.00msl
Elevation (max)
1200.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
LTER EuropeThis site is a verified "LTER Europe" member.
LTER France (LTER_EU_FR_010)This site is a verified "LTER France" member.
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