The recent development in Southern Africa of TransFrontier Consevation Areas or TFCAs shifts stakeholders attention towards semi-arid areas where poor-rural communities seek a decent livelihood in the periphery of protected areas. The objective of TFCAs is to integrate conservation and development goals. An expected ecological outcome of these initiatives is an increase in land devoted to wildlife, a viable land-use option for these ecosystems and a better connexion between existing protected areas (transfrontier parks) in order to connect wildlife populations currently separated across national borders. This increased mobility of wildlife comes with potential conflicts where interfaces between wildlife and human populations exist.
Therefore, the RP-PCP has logically developed its activities in priority areas located in the Zimbabwean TFCAs. Because of its core institutions being Zimbabwean-based, most of the initial activities of the platform have been implemented on the Zimbabwean side of these TFCAs. However more and more projects have transboundary activities, most of the issues addressed by the RP-PCP being without borders.
The platform has selected 3 priority areas of activities which include:
||The Great Limpopo TFCA (GLTFCA): the first TFCA, signed by Nelson Mandela and its counter parts in 2002. It bridges the Lowveld ecosystem from Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.|
||The Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) TFCA: the largest TFCA, and the youngest (created in August 2011), encompassing the heart of Southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.|
||The Lower Zambezi-Mana Pools (LZ-MN) TFCA: in-between Zimbabwe and Zambia, this TFCA encompasses the rich ecosystem of the Zambezi valley.|