European Union and Partners Invest 5m Euro on Wildlife Conservation in Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia: Since 30 years, the European Union supports wildlife conservation and biodiversity in Africa. Despite these efforts, protecting African fauna remains a huge challenge: in recent years Southern Africa, and Zambia in particular, have been losing wildlife at an alarming rate. Iconic species such as elephant, rhino, leopard and lion have been decimated by poachers, who are often backed by international criminal networks trading illegal wildlife products. Wildlife conservation is a global issue as well as a local and national one. Politicians and environmental groups in Zambia, across Africa, and the world, are searching for new ways to ensure wildlife conservation.
"The survival of our wildlife is a matter of grave concern to all of us in Africa. Those wild creatures amid the wild places they inhabit are not only important as a source of wonder and inspiration, but are an integral part of our natural resources and our future livelihood and well-being." Julius K. Nyerere, 1961
The European Union supports the Southern African strategic approach to wildlife conservation, shared also by Zambia, with a 30m Euro intervention to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of wildlife products throughout Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean. Since February 2018 three cross-border projects, worth 4.7m Euro, directly benefit Zambia together with its neighbouring countries Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The three projects are implemented by African Wildlife Foundation, Peace Parks Foundation and Worldwide Fund For Nature (WWF):
1. In Zambia and Malawi, the project "Sustainable Management and Wildlife Law Enforcement of the Nyika-North Luangwa component of the Malawi-Zambia Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA)" will secure the biodiversity of this TFCA by consolidating six community conservation areas into a single corridor that connects Nyika National Park and Vwaza Wildlife Reserve in Malawi with North Luangwa National Park in Zambia and reinforce the protection of a national forest corridor linking these areas. It will improve livelihoods of rural households and strengthen community participation in conservation and law enforcement initiatives.
2. The "Strengthening Community Law Enforcement and Sustainable Livelihoods in Kavango Zambezi TFCA (KAZA)" initiative will reduce illegal killing and trafficking of wildlife in three key nature conservation sites with high poaching pressure in the KAZA TFCA in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia by promoting sustainable ecosystem management and supporting livelihood among local communities. Local communities will be assisted to practice climate-adapted arable farming, to establish and operate effective community anti-poaching systems, and to reinforce the exchange of information for successful and harmonised anti-poaching.
3. In Zambia and Zimbabwe, the "Partnership for improved anti-poaching and compatible land use in community lands of the Lower Zambezi-Mana Pools Transboundary Conservation Area" will reduce illegal wildlife trade and enhance habitat conversion in the Lower Zambezi-Mana Pool TFCA. The project will strengthen community engagement in sustainable natural resource management, anti-poaching efforts and integration of conservation and compatible land uses. Fishers along the Zambezi River will be incentivised to cooperate with wildlife authorities to stop wildlife crime.
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Friedrich MAHLER, EU Programme Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)