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Project June 22, 2006

Zimbabwe: Human Conflict/Environmental Consequences


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In Zimbabwe, growing political and economic instability has put unprecedented pressure on the country's environment. Deforestation, poaching and unsustainable resource exploitation are destroying what was once among the best-managed park systems in Africa. As a result, people who depend on the country's natural resources - either for day- to-day living or as part of the tourism industry - are suffering. Reporter Stephanie Hanes and photographer Jeffrey Barbee traveled to Zimbabwe to document the unraveling of the country's conservation network. They focused on Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park – two areas that were once prime conservation and tourism spots but are now severely threatened. Their reports have appeared in newspaper and television accounts.