https://allafrica.com/stories/201909180455.html "It is our land. We are the custodians." - Felix Shanungu, President of the Zambia National Community Resources Board (ZNCRB). The Community Resources Boards (CRB) in Zambia on Thursday released a press statement expressing their deep concern over the fact that the communities have not been given their share of either concession fees or hunting revenue. They have withdrawn their signatures to all the hunting permits in their areas and have refused to sign any others. This will stop any trophy hunting in the future unless the government comes to the table with money in hand. According to Felix Shanungo, the communities have received no concession fees since 2016 and no hunting revenue since last year. By law, the communities are owed 20% of the concession fees and 50% of the hunting revenue. The chiefs who run the communities are owed a 5% share of both. While the press release states that they will stop all hunting going forward, Mr. Shanungo advised that hunts already underway will be allowed to be completed but that all new hunts will be stopped. The CRB has been in talks with the hunting companies to warn them about this and to get them to put pressure on the Zambian government. He added that the communities do not want to penalise the hunting companies who have paid but want the pressure to galvanise government into action. He said that it will be impossible for the communities to continue patrolling and protecting against poaching as people have not been paid their salaries in months. The communities have two demands: To allow the hunting operators to pay the CRBs their share directly and that the concession fees must be re-negotiated for a higher share.