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Protecting the Luangwa River: Ensuring Sustainable Water Resources
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The Luangwa River is one of the major tributaries of the Zambezi and is one of the four major rivers of Zambia, forming the core of the middle Zambezi-Luangwa freshwater ecoregion.  The Luangwa river, one of the longest free-flowing rivers and one of the largest unaltered river systems in Southern Africa is an essential source of water for various economic activities to about 1.8 million people.

However, the river is facing significant threats, including overexploitation of forest resources and  siltation leading to  limited access to drinking water by communities that live downstream of the Luangwa catchment.
To safeguard this invaluable water source, WWF Zambia's Sustainable Luangwa Project led by Lazarous Sichone through the Ministry of Green Economy and Environment,  are advocating for the registration of the source of the Luangwa River, in Mafinga,  as a National heritage site. 

We believe that this will enhance the river’s protection status and ensure the uninterrupted flow of water. Join us in supporting this initiative and making a difference for the future of the Luangwa River and the communities depending on it. 

Protecting the Mafinga Hills: Unlocking their Tourism Potential and Ensuring Sustainable Livelihoods

The Mafinga Hills, the source of the Luangwa River - Zambia's fourth largest river, hold immense importance for our ecosystems and the communities reliant on them. These hills not only shape our landscapes but also offer significant tourism potential, such as mountain climbing and exploration of their breathtaking beauty. 
 Through the Sustainable Luangwa Project funded by the Global Environment Facility, we are working with the Ministry of Green Economy and Environment and the Local communities  to protect the Mafinga Hills.

 “By protecting the Mafinga Hills, our picture of success includes attracting nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and tourists, thus boosting local tourism and providing sustainable economic opportunities to the surrounding communities.” said Lazarous Sichone, the Sustainable Luangwa project manager.

He said that in addition to tourism, the Mafinga Hills hold many other possibilities for sustainable economic activities such as eco-friendly farming, agro-tourism, and the development of small businesses centred around nature-based products.  To kickstart the activities, a District Technical Team has been put together and they will collaborate with us  to achieve success.  

Embracing these opportunities will not only protect the Mafinga Hills but also empower the local communities and ensure a sustainable future for all.