Kafue Flats, Zambia
In this landscape, there is an excellent opportunity and imperative to demonstrate that wildlife conservation and sustainable economic development can go together. In this context, WWF takes a Water Stewardship approach to the involvement of private sector actors in the management of water resources beyond their “fence line”. A recent study found that private sector stakeholders realise the rapidly increasing risks to their business in this landscape. They see the need for internal and collective action. The team is exploring a catchment management approach driven through an adaptation lens.
The vision is that by 2026, the vast wetlands of the Zambezi basin, like the Kafue Flats, will remain impressive places that flood now and then and become wild water landscapes. Local people will benefit from these wetlands thanks to fish for protein, building materials for their houses, fodder for their animals, water for their homes.
A landscape approach is needed to safeguard and sustainably develop the Lower Kafue, taking into account the impacts of climate change on the livelihoods dependent on the ecosystem. There exist several opportunities for projects that ensure increased climate resilience, mitigation and adaptation.