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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.

CLZ is not responsible for the content of external websites featured on this page.

Fotor collageThis years Nzou Environmental Education Program has taken off to a great start! We started off with 24 pax from Luangwa Project Area plus 4 teachers. The students had a great time engaging with the lessons and learning about Sustainable Fishing, The Food Web, Animal Behaviour, Wildlife Trafficking and HIV/AIDS. All the students participated and demonstrated keen enthusiasm when in the class and onboard the game drives. The game drives where courtesy of Chongwe Safaris, who kindly donated us the use of their vehicles and driver, Bob Kamambo. Additionally, we would like to thank Royal Zambezi Lodge who sent two of their exceptional safari guides (Victor and Lawrence) to give a careers talk to the children. This talk was received with great attention and interest.

These students travelled 500km from their homes to CLZ Base Camp on the CLZ truck. On their return they were super-sonically excited to discover that their was a surprise in store for them….courtesy of Proflight Zambia they all got to fly home from Royal Airstrip Lower Zambezi to Feira, Luangwa. Nearly all the children and teachers had never been on a plane before and they had the flight of their life! The Proflight pilots gave of their time to the children, talking to them and answering their immense amount of questions. There is some budding aviators within the group and we hope to see them soar to new heights in the future.

Thank you very much all at Proflight Zambia for making this possible.

From
The CLZ Team, Luangwa School Children and Luangwa Teachers

 

 

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General Manager and Maintenance and Logistics Manager Needed

GENERAL MANAGER

An exciting opportunity has popped up to join our team!  Conservation Lower Zambezi are seeking a General Manager, to be stationed full time at CLZ Base Camp in the Lower Zambezi, a unique and delicate ecosystem in need of protection.

The General Manager will be responsible for our existing support base and expanding our network further into potential new areas of support. In addition he/she will be supervising the environmental education and community support projects alongside the project managers for these activities.

Please see the  job description here –  CLZ General Manager Job Advert 2015.

MAINTENANCE AND LOGISTICS MANAGER

CLZ is looking to recruit a full time Operations and Logistics Manager who will be responsible for maintaining our fleet of vehicles and boats, base camp infrastructure and overseeing upcoming expansion and new infrastructure projects. In addition, this Manager will be responsible for camp logistics, and procurement and management of supplies.

Please see the job description here - CLZ Maintenance Manager Job Advert 2015

Interested applicants should submit a CV of not more than 4 sides and a Covering Letter to eleanor@conservationlowerzambezi.org and ian@conservationlowerzambezi.org by May 25th, 2015.

Due to the anticipated volume of applicants, CLZ will not be able to respond to unsuccessful candidates.

CLZ hosted training for Zambia Wildlife Authority rangers, ecologists and technicians from Lower Zambezi and Head Office, CLZ operations staff and Gorongoza National Park staff in SMART (Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Technology), which will revolutionise our wildlife protection programme in allowing for better information from the scouts in the field, greater monitoring of illegal activities and more detailed yet easy to produce reporting. This new technology gathers more data which wildlife scouts encounter (and exact location), log all signs of illegal activity and create a comprehensive picture of what the scouts see in the field without having to write cumbersome reports. Panthera trainers Michelle Moeller and Peter Lindsey came to CLZ Base Camp to introduce the software and introduce the new system, which is being rolled out across the continent. This month the first scout teams have been trained and the ‘Trimbles’, SMART GPS computers are being rolled out in the field. A huge thanks to Panthera their support and for carrying out the training and for providing us with our first Trimble!

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Carnivore January

January has been a fantastic month for carnivore sightings. This month saw three wild dog sightings in the Chiawa GMA including pups, and a pack in the East of the park, but sadly no photos yet  - if anyone sees them please try and send CLZ photos! A clan of hyena has been regularly spotted behind CLZ Base Camp this month. It is optimistic to see increased numbers of these carnivores, whose numbers have declined heavily from levels ten years ago. The wild dogs continue to be monitored and we hope to see their population growing!

 

Happy New Year from CLZ! The rains started on 11th December and CLZ Base Camp has seen 318 mm of rain since. The park has erupted in a sea of green, and the female impala have most certainly dropped their calves. The park may be quiet of visitors, but we’re as busy as ever! Poaching pressure continues and CLZ continue to work with Zambia Wildlife Authority-ZAWA every day to deploy scout teams, Village Scouts are heading to the villages of the Chiawa GMA for support during peak Human-Wildlife Conflict season, information on Human-Wildlife Conflict is being collected, our new Environmental Education Curriculum is being developed and Base Camp is having a well-needed spruce up! Operations Manager Rabson Tembo is off to South Africa next week to begin his training as a pilot to carry out aerial patrols under the guidance of our CEO, and we are looking forward to two more members of staff joining the team next week. Thank you to all our donors and members who enable us to work all year round, through impassable roads, heavy rains, stormy skies and troublesome elephants! These include African Wildlife FoundationAwely – Wildlife and People, Beit Trust, International Elephant FoundationTusk TrustU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as all our Platinum, Gold, Silver, corporate, family and individual members. Thank you!

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