CCCD Project, Silowana Complex, Sesheke, Western Province 

“Empower people, conserve nature“, is an adage among local communities in the project area viz. the Silowana Complex in Western Zambia. The CCCD Project was initiated in April 2009 as a fore runner and initiative in support of the KAZA-TFCA and the area’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP). The project has reached the end of its 2nd Phase (July 2012-June 2015) and is expected to start a 3rd Phase during the course of 2016. The agenda of the project is centered on improving the quality of life of local people in the complex through sustainable management of natural resources (Bio-physical resources) and leveraging opportunities for socio-economic development from natural resources inherent in the complex. Within the KAZA-TFCA vision of transforming the area into one of the world’s first class tourism destinations, the project also aims at developing nature based tourism as an alternative livelihood option.
Specific project activities undertaken to date by the project include:
  • Business Plan Development for Community Based Enterprises focusing on Tourism and Forest products
  • Supporting the development of a 10 year General Management Plan (GMA) for the area
  • Human Wildlife Conflict Management -Elephant and Hippo Restraining Lines (ERL) (ERL/HRL) have been erected in 4 and 2 communities respectively as one  way of mitigating Human wildlife Conflicts arising from elephants and hippos Conservation Agriculture (CA)  with the involvement of 2,100plus local farmers. In order to monitor performance of CA, a Mobile App has been developed and currently being tested by farmers
  • Capacity Building  of CRBs through training, logistical and material support
  • Annual Fire Management in collaboration with the Department of National Park and Wildlife (DNPW)  Forest Department, BRE, CRBs and communities
  • Supporting 20 Village Scouts (VS) as a way of enhancing wildlife protection and monitoring
  • Community based resource using the Event Book System (EBS)
  • In the recent months the project has opened up discussions with the Forestry Department and the BRE for a Community Based Forest Management Program for the Complex
  • Assessing and building community capacities on climate resiliency and climate adaptation
  • Providing strategic  support to DNPW including support towards activities such as: wildlife population assessment/survey (ground and aerial)