Research Consultancy on the implications of poaching and Human Wildlife Conflict on the current integrated conservation and development model of Save Conservancy.

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Due: 5 March 2021


Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) is a Zimbabwean civil society organisation that was established in 2012 with a mandate to defend, protect and support communities affected by extractive industries. To achieve this, CNRG employs research to explore and gather evidence of environmental injustice. The evidence is used to inform advocacy initiatives that challenge the injustice and natural resources mis-governance, while contributing solutions that promote improved and sustainable access to natural resource benefits by local communities.

Research background

Covering not less than 340,000 hectares and located in the South Eastern Lowveld of Zimbabwe, Save Conservancy is one of the largest private game reserves in Zimbabwe. The Conservancy was established in 1992 with the involvement of ZimParks (National Parks and Wildlife Authority), the Beit Trust, WWF and Department of Vet. Services. This Conservancy accommodates diverse wildlife species, including the big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino), and a huge population of the rare African painted dog and rhinos, both which are critically endangered and closely protected by the Conservancy.

In terms of governance, the Conservancy consists of privately owned, government-owned and community owned properties. There are private entrepreneurs who operate lodges that offer accommodation to both international and local tourists, hunters and visiting conservationists.

Save Conservancy has been focusing on preservation of endangered species, through limited hunting concessions and wildlife researches. Much of the work is supported by volunteer groups of ecologists, wildlife specialists, ZimParks ecologists and conservation organisations.


The researcher should have the following qualifications and competences

  • Academic and professional qualifications in social, political or economic sciences, preferably minimum of a master’s degree
  • Extensive and proven experience in the field of research, with bias in wildlife conservation and community development or governance
  • In-depth understanding of integrated conservation and development in the Zimbabwean context, including politico-economic landscape of natural resource governance in Zimbabwe

Interested researchers can get more information about the terms of reference for the research and how to apply on 

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