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sustainable human populations.Of that amount, the community of Chikwarakwara received 87 percent of the total, because it was the top wildlife producer.Two other neighboring communities received much smaller amounts because of lower animal numbers.Free to determine how to use their proceeds, the people of Chikwarakwara decided to pay each of the 149 households in the community $80 as a wildlife dividend.Though the $80 dividend may not seem like a lot to wealthy westerners, it almost doubled the average annual cash income for each family.’’Now the people of Beitbridge are reported to be talking seriously about how to control poaching.The Binga District project capitalizes on its long shoreline at the western end of Lake Kariba and the adjacent Chizaria National Park, which forms a repository for wildlife roaming onto communal lands.The project includes a lease with a private hunting safari operator and joint ventures with two photographic safari operators.Plans are also under way for a commercial fishing venture.Bulalima Mangwe District has set aside a marshy area west of the Natal River for an elephant herd that forms the basis for safari hunting agreements between the district council and private operators.Though most projects are in their infancy, strong signs are already evident that poaching and habitat loss wanes when the wildlife becomes an asset to the local people.How effectively these programs will promote wildlife conservation in the future depends on whether the local communities bearing the brunt of wildlife costs are allowed to continue benefiting directly from their management efforts.Spawning for DollarsAfter years of reducing river pollution and temporarily halting the netting of Atlantic salmon on the high seas, Les Dominy of the Atlantic Salmon Federation believes it will be local Canadian communities and sportsmen who will supply the final piece of the recovery puzzle.The Exploits River near Grand Falls, Newfoundland, provides an excellent example of what can happen with community management of an Atlantic salmon fishery.In the past, the waterfall prevented fish from migrating any further than nine miles upstream for spawning.But construction of the fishway opened 200 additional miles of river for salmon spawning.The increase in salmon production is astounding.Conceived in 1983 and operational in 1985, the organization is an offshoot of early efforts by the Grand Falls Chamber