March 27, 2013

What we do

Since 1953, we have been conserving Zambia’s wildlife and environment, through education, practical conservation and advocacy.

We focus on three areas of activity:

  • Education. Environmental Education (EE) is one of the core activities of the society. EE is conducted through school and community conservation clubs,  associated magazines, weekly radio programme and weekly newspaper columns.
  • Practical conservation. Practical conservation has been part and parcel of the society since its inception. Practical include projects such as organising tree planting throughout the country, forest management, and supporting rural communities in community led environment protection initiatives  among others
  • Advocacy and policy work, such as helping the government and ministries to draft the Zambia Biological Diversity Strategy and Action Plan, the Zambia Wetlands Strategy and Action Plan, the Water Bill and the National Policy on Environment.

Key achievements

  • “Operation Noah” – the rescue of animals stranded by the flooding of the Zambezi Gorge created by the Kariba Dam
  • Helped to get Lochinvar and Blue Lagoon National Parks created
  • Undertook aerial wildlife census and biodiversity mapping and conservation work on Lechwe and Sitatunga populations on the Kafue Flats and Bangweulu basin, and on large mammal species in the Luangwa Valley
  • The Chongololo Programme – a world-recognised environmental education programme that we have run since 1972
  • Helped to mitigate the impacts of mining operations in Kabwe (lead pollution) and on the Copperbelt (heavy metal leachates)
  • Helped to protect Zambia’s forest reserves (including a Supreme Court appeal against developments in the Lusaka East Forest Reserve); and also illegal logging, inappropriate developments in national parks, deforestation and solid waste pollution
  • Contributed to the development of the National Adaption Programme of Action (NAPA) and the National Policy on Environment