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Working today, to protect tomorrow

Conservation Lower Zambezi is a Zambian non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to the conservation and sustainable use of the local wildlife and natural resources of the Lower Zambezi for the present and future generations of Zambia. CLZ intend to achieve this through:

  • wildlife protection – assisting Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) anti-poaching patrol deployments and training as well as supporting a local Community Resource Board Village Scout unit;
  • environmental education through outreach in schools and visits to our CLZ environmental education centre; and
  • supporting local community development projects, especially human wildlife conflict mitigation.

The Lower Zambezi National Park and surrounding game management areas are home to a wide range of biodiversity including at least four threatened species according to the IUCN red list (African elephant, hippo, lion and African wild dog). Illegal poaching of three kinds: commercial ivory; commercial bushmeat; and subsistence poaching remains a constant threat in this area due to proximity to the capital of Zambia, Lusaka and one of the main transport links, the Great East Road.

Communities inhabiting the areas surrounding the Lower Zambezi National Park are often faced with many hardships and challenges in their every day lives. With education attainment levels low and livelihood opportunities few, many people rely heavily on natural resources for income, health and nutrition. Deforestation, overfishing and poaching are environmental issues threatening the vital local eco-system and the CLZ environmental education program helps schools and communities understand the importance of natural resources to every day life.

We rely entirely on donations from individuals and institutions, 100% of which are used directly for conservation activities. We are grateful to our partner Zambia Wildlife Authority for their collaboration and support.

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CLZ are thrilled to announce that Tusk Trust have granted match funding for Rabson Tembo, CLZ’s Operations Manager, to train for his Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). With this qualification, Rabson will be trained to carry out aerial wildlife patrols in the skies across the Lower Zambezi National Park.

Rabson’s journey with CLZ started as a student when he was 14 years old.  He first visited CLZ through the Environmental Education Programme (EEP), which ignited his passion for conservation. He grew up in Chiawa village, adjacent to the Lower Zambezi National Park and in 2009, Rabson came to CLZ as communications officer. He is now responsible for CLZ’s anti-poaching programme, Village Scout unit and he oversees collaboration with the Zambia Wildlife Authority for law enforcement operations.

Aerial patrols in CLZ’s Cessna 172 are an essential part of the wildlife protection programme for the area – around 30% of all illegal activity discovered is found from the ‘eyes in the skies’, where Rabson and his sharp eyes currently form part of the aerial patrol team. Now he will be progressing from spotter to pilot and after his initial training will be learning the ways of aerial patrols under CEO Ian Stevenson.

This grant is a hugely significant step for Rabson, both personally and professionally, and will further secure CLZ ‘s continuity and goal to be led by those who have grown up in the Lower Zambezi and dedicated their lives to conservation.

Tusk Trust

CLZ brought eight schools together from the Chiawa GMA and 64 pupils for a quiz at Kabwadu school to compete for the title of Conservation Champions of Chiawa! The annual event seeks to educate children on wildlife, environment and health, cultivating a more aware and environmentally responsible future generation in the areas surrounding the Lower Zambezi NP. Thanks to Zambeef Chiawa Farm, we were able to bring all the pupils to Kabwadu School from all over the area to compete. Chakanaka Farm’s fruit and veg also kept the participants well fed and their brains sharp  - thank you to Gerry Carbin for his generosity. There were some impressive performances on the day, including Mafungautsi School, whose young participants showed the older pupils that wisdom doesn’t always come with age! The final was a tense head to head between Chitende and Kabwadu  schools, with Chitende taking first place. All the Chiawa schools participated in the quiz were awarded certificates of attendance and prizes donated through Pack for a Purpose.  Thank you to all the participants and teachers!

 

LZ Area Warden Solomon Chidunuka receives his award for Dedication and Service to Wildlife Protection

ZAWA and CLZ held the Annual May Day Scout awards on May 1st 2014 to honour the ZAWA Wildlife Police Offices of the Lower Zambezi who work 365 days a year, in all weather and in challenging and often dangerous conditions. The awards are held to show the appreciation of CLZ and the tourist operators of the Lower Zambezi for the hard work that ZAWA does to protect the wildlife and resources Zambezi and to support tourism in the area.

Congratulations to all winners:

For Dedication and Service to Wildlife Protection: Solomon Chidunuka

Best Team Leader:  Kebby Mundeya

Best WPO of the Year: Mooga Mulauka


Most Helpful Revenue Officer: Hilton Shadunka

Best Escort Officer: Gift Mate Mukelabai

Best Village Scout:  William Chenda

A huge thank you to Baines River Camp, Sausage Tree and Potato Bush Camp, Gerry Carbin of Chakanaka Farm, Kanyemba Lodge, Mwambashi River Lodge and Brendan Raisbeck for their incredible generosity in prize donations for the award winners.

 

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In 2013 the first CLZ “Muneneli” (Guardian in the local language of Nyanja) Award has been presented to Glenn Goodall. Father of one of our previous volunteer pilots Matthew Goodall, Glenn has for several years leased to CLZ (for a nominal amount) our Cessna 172 plane “9J-CLZ”.

The Cessna C172 is an invaluable tool used by CLZ and ZAWA to protect the Lower Zambezi’s wildlife from poachers. Proving rapid aerial response and vital support to field patrols on the ground, the plane enables CLZ to better prevent harm to elephants and other wildlife.

This year the plane has also assisted in an aerial survey of elephants and large mammals in the Lower Zambezi National Park and surrounding areas which will provide much needed baseline data for Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and CLZ conservation activities.

Thank you Glenn from all at Conservation Lower Zambezi!

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