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Conservation at a glance: stories from the field

The history of WWF in Zambia started in 1962 on the Kafue Flats with the purchase of private land which was donated to the Government to create Lochinvar and Blue Lagoon National Parks.

We operated through a series of specific projectsincluding support to anti-poaching, conservation education, community based natural resource management and wetlands conservation. In 1991, we signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of the Republic of Zambia to create a coordinating office in Zambia. Since then, we have achieved much, but not without the support of our partners that include; the Government of Zambia through various government bodies, civil society organisations, local communities and the private sector.

Through our partnerships, our Freshwater Programme has worked closely with the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, the Water Resources Managemnet Authority and private sector companies such as ABInBev to contribute to the body of knowledge through research such as; various studies on the Kafue Flats, the HydroATLAS datasets and environmental flow research tools that we hope will inform decision making. We have also been involved in restoring wildlife habitat for the endemic Kafue Lechwe in partnership with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and the International Crane Foundation, through supporting communities to clear the invasive Mimosa Pigra. This activity has also created employment for the local communities. Furthermore, we are working with civil society organisations in Luangwa, to raise awareness on the need to conserve our water resources.

Our Wildlife Programme focuses on restoring and conserving wildlife populations. Through supporting the Ministry of Tourism, and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife to accelerate wildlife growth in the Silowana Complex, which aims to be a world-class tourist destination, through wildlife translocations. Our Community Centered Conservation Development Project is working with environmental clubs in schools to teach children about conservation agriculture, and supporting Seed Grower Associations. Our Zambia Youth for Conservation Agriculture and Livelihoods Action, ZYCALA, supported by GAIA Education is training young people on alternative livelihoods such as beekeeping and poultry production. Our Cities 2020 project is working with the Lusaka City Council and Plan International to get children involved in City Planning and finally, we are supporting the sustainable development of the Upper Zambezi, through our Upper Zambezi Programme, and have joined hands with the National Heritage Conservation Commission, to advocate for the declaration of the Barotse Floodplain as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In this newsletter, we bring you stories from the field, written by our Programme staff. We hope you enjoy the read. For more information about our work, continue to explore our website: https://wwfzm.panda.org or follow us on social media @wwfzambia.

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WWF Zambia Newsletter 07/2019 to 07/2020