SADC Regional Programme for Rhino Conservation
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Institutions and Strategies
Review of rhino conservation in SADC countries

Revised national rhino conservation strategy for Botswana

Revised national rhino strategy for Namibia

New national rhino strategy for Zambia

Draft rhino conservation policy for Angola

Draft rhino conservation guidelines for Mozambique

Towards an updated management plan for Liwonde NP, Malawi

Meetings of SADC rhino range states

Rhino Recovery Group

Rhino Management Group

Rhino and Elephant Security Group

Regional translocations and exchanges

Co-ordination with continental rhino conservation strategies

Institutions and Strategies

At the start of the SADC RPRC, conservationists such as the chairman of the IUCN/SSC African Rhino Specialist Group had a good understanding of what constituted effective rhino conservation. But each country required a tailor-made strategy given its unique characteristics and situation. Often overlooked was the need for strategic alliances and linkages both within and outside each country, and the presence of effective structures that would result in the implementation of successful programmes. Co-ordinating structures were required to ensure that:

·       Species survival objectives were met;

·       Effective strategies and action plans were developed in collaboration with all stakeholders;

·       Techniques were developed to meet both security and biological management challenges;

·       Information and expertise were shared;

·       Major donors supported the most important programmes; and

·       Effective rhino programmes were implemented.


Hence, the SADC RPRC:

·       Facilitated the establishment of National Rhino Committees for SADC range states that did not already have such committees. These committees had lead responsibility for national level implementation of all rhino projects, as well as for ensuring the sharing of expertise, equipment and information with other SADC range states.

·       Facilitated the development and updating of National Rhino Conservation Strategies and Action Plans.

·       Facilitated the establishment and functioning of a SADC Rhino Programme Committee consisting of a national representative from each National Rhino Committee as well as representatives from the international NGOs that are directly engaged in the SADC Rhino Programme (they met once per year under the chairmanship of the SADC WTCU Co-ordinator).