WHO WE ARE
The primary objective of CLZ is to assist in the protection of wildlife and its habitat as a resource for the people of Zambia
Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) is a non-profit independent conservation organisation originally established by stakeholders of the Lower Zambezi National Park (LZNP) and Chiawa Game Management Area (GMA) and registered under the Societies Act of Zambia in 1995.
We are committed to working with the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) to promote the protection of the wildlife and habitat of the LZNP and the surrounding GMAs, an area of over 9,600 square kilometres.
CLZ is run from its Operations Base Camp on the western boundary of the LZNP and is assisted by individuals and organisations that generously give time and money to this worthy cause. A constitution and an annually elected Volunteer Board govern CLZ. The Chief Executive Officer oversees day-to-day operations whereas the Board deals with mattes of policy.
What we do
we provide logistical support to ZAWA anti-poaching teams (fuel, transport, rations, training, 24/7 control room, patrol equipment, communications and operating the patrol plane to monitor the area and wildlife and support ground patrols.)
Assisting ZAWA with darting and treatment of snared, injured and orphaned wildlife
Environmental Education Program for surrounding communities
aimed at decreasing illegal use of the area’s natural resources in the longer term. Our mobile audiovisual unit travels around Chiawa, Chongwe, Rufunsa and Luangwa areas reaching a wide range of local children. Groups also visit the center which includes a “hands-on” exploratory center and reference library. The visits include conversation, environmental and HIV/AIDS lessons and activities such as game drives and boat trips. For many of these children this is the first time they experience animals in the wild in a positive way.
CLZ provides a vital link between the community, the tourism industry and conservation in the Lower Zambezi are, working with local community groups to increase involvement in the tourism sector. We work to reduce the human/wildlife conflict in the surrounding communities through projects including chilli growing and mitigation workshops. As well as ZAWA, we also work in partnership with many other international and national conservation organisations o promote the protection and improved management of the valley.
Annual Safari Guide training and exams endorsed by ZAWA and recognised by operators both inside and outside Zambia. The Safari Guide Training program gives local community members more access to jobs in tourism. Our solar powered facilities include four en-suite tents, dining area, fully equipped kitchen & workshop, office, environmental education center (including classroom and library), four en-suite rooms, four blocks of illustrated dorms (for 24 children) and ablution facilities.
How You Can Help
It is only with concern and assistance from visitors such as you, that CLZ can continue to protect the wildlife and environment of the Lower Zambezi Valley.
Please donate and pass on what you have learnt and experienced in the Lower Zambezi.
If we can work together, we can make a difference.
For foreign donors, we accept donations through CAF America and Virgin Money Giving (UK).