“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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