Conservation Strategies to Preserve Biodiversity
- The strict protection zone acts to conserve wildlife populations and all hunting and logging is prohibited.
- The community use zone provides land for established communities to graze cattle, grow subsistence crops, and collect non-timber forest products.
- The regulated use zone acts as a buffer between the first two zones and as a corridor for animal movements within and between protected areas.
- Finally, the ecotourism zone is set aside for development of tourism infrastructure and ecotourism activities.
MOMS is an approach developed in Namibia that has proved extremely successful in allowing communities to organize themselves and take responsibility for managing their natural resources, in return for the right to harvest wildlife and other forest resources. WWF and government partners have adapted this approach and gradually introduced it to the Eastern Plains.