US Government Supports Eastern Kafue Nature Alliance to Protect Natural Resources
Coinciding with World Earth Day 2022, the United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), today launched the Eastern Kafue Nature Alliance in collaboration with industry partners private Kashikoto Conservancy Limited and Amatheon AGRI Zambia Limited. Implemented by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and supported by a $10 million grant from USAID, the Eastern Kafue Nature Alliance brings together public, private, and civil society actors with local communities to address the threats to biodiversity in and around the eastern part of Kafue in Zambia. National Park.
The Greater Kafue ecosystem is renowned for its rich diversity of forests and wildlife. However, poverty-related threats to this natural endowment, coupled with shortcomings in resource protection and management, have resulted in encroachment, unsustainable forest clearing, overfishing, high poaching rates and destructive fires in the region. This ecological erosion of the Kafue threatens the future prosperity of local businesses and communities, who depend on these natural resources for their livelihoods and well-being.
The Eastern Kafue Nature Alliance aims to develop and strengthen community-based conservation models to help secure natural resources in Zambia’s Eastern Kafue Landscape. This $21.3 million program will empower local communities in conservation and sustainable management while strengthening relationships between local communities and the private sector. In addition to USAID funding, the Eastern Kafue Nature Alliance has received approximately $11.3 million from private sector partners.
Through the Eastern Kafue Nature Alliance, USAID and partners will implement four key strategic approaches to address the drivers of biodiversity loss: strengthen management and regulatory compliance to conserve forests and wildlife in game management areas; develop inclusive and conservation-friendly agriculture and nature-based markets; improve community access to clean water and health care for mothers and children; and working with local community members to develop effective land and resource use plans, secure ownership of their lands, and strengthen governance systems.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United States Embassy in Zambia.
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