Connectivity of freshwater habitats in Zambia secured and environmental flows protected or restored to sustain freshwater ecosystem functions, build climate resilience and support critical livelihoods.
WWF’s Freshwater programme lays out the organization’s priorities for freshwater conservation in the Zambezi landscape, for the period between 2016 and 2020. Its vision is that by 2020 the Zambezi Basin inhabitants recognise the river's system health as the cornerstone of sustainable socio-economic development and that when well managed, the river supports thriving freshwater ecosystems and more resilient livelihoods. At its core is a partnership approach between non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, public and private sector partners and research institutions, focused mainly on the preservation and restoration of natural capital, water stewardship, financial flows and equitable resource governance. This is in line with WWF’s global priorities for freshwater regions, aimed to ensure that freshwater ecosystems and flow regimes in key river basins provide water for people and nature. The programme will focus at different scales; the trans-boundary, the national scale in the case of Zambia and the landscape scale – the Kafue Flats and Luangwa Catchment in Zambia.
The programme priorities better choices for the management of natural resources leading to ecosystem integrity, biodiversity conservation and food, water and energy security. WWF Zambia uses the Zambezi freshwater programme as a framework to put actions in perspective; preservation and restoration of natural capital, better production, financial flows and resource governance. At the trans-boundary scale, priority is given towards leveraging the action of regional actors, promote platforms of dialogue for international water management and influence financial flows to the basin. At the national level, the focus is on environmental flows, free flowing rivers, hydropower planning and environmental impact assessment processes. Finally, at the landscape scale, the focus is on the Kafue Flats and Luangwa Catchment in Zambia and the Zambezi Delta in Mozambique. In the Luangwa Catchment the focus is on environmental flows, free flowing rivers and water reserves. And in the Zambezi Delta the focus is on environmental flows, land use planning and protected area management.