YOUNG PEOPLE WIN TRIP TO KAFUE FLATS AND LOCHINVAR NATIONAL PARK | WWF Zambia

YOUNG PEOPLE WIN TRIP TO KAFUE FLATS AND LOCHINVAR NATIONAL PARK

Posted on
27 May 2016
WORLD WETLANDS DAY 2017!
Leading up to World Wetlands Day 2017, WWF Zambia held a competition on Facebook which ran from the 1st to the 28th January. The competition invited young Zambians to upload picture of themselves, while holding a placard expressing what wetlands mean to them. They then had to tag WWF Zambia, ask their friends to like their picture and participants with the most likes were selected as the winners.

The competition reached a total of 58,337 people and from the entries, 10 young people were selected as winners of the educational trip to the Lochinvar National Park. The top three also won an aerial tour of the Kafue flats.
On Friday 18th February, the top three winners met with a WWF Zambia staff member, at The Flying Mission Zambia Airstrip in Makeni to board their air craft and embark on an exciting sightseeing trip to the Kafue flats. WWF Zambia provided them with WWF branded caps and t-shirts which they wore prior to their departure.
 
They got to experience the Kafue flats, an open floodplain on the Kafue River. It covers about 6,500km² within the wider basin of the Zambezi River. They also got to see the human settlement areas situated within the flats, from the aircraft. The fishing villages of Namalyo and Nyimba showed the young people how much pressure is on the Kafue flats and highlighted the need for wetlands to support these critical livelihoods. The also had a chance to see the Kafue Lechwe, Cranes, Zebras and many other species found in the flats during their two-hour sightseeing trip.
Upon returning from Kafue, the winners boarded a bus to Lochinvar National Park with the other finalists. They were accompanied by Television and Newspaper journalists WHO WERE there to cover their experience. Upon arrival, the finalists indulged in some selfie-taking and proceeded to meet the Park ranger who was on hand to educate them on the on-going challenges the park faces such as poaching and human wildlife conflict.

This competition was a successful attempt to get young people interested in conservation through experiencing the environments we are working to protect. It was also a way to spark their interest in joining the Young Conservation Trailblazers Initiative, a WWF Zambia Youth engagement and advocacy programme.  
For More information check out Lusaka Times and Mwebantu Media
Trip winners with DR, Nyambe before departure for Lochinvar National Park
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