The Luangwa river – one of the last long free-flowing rivers in Zambia and one of the largest unaltered river systems in southern Africa – is an essential source of water for adjacent populations, with global important biodiversity and natural resources. However, critical forests surrounding the river’s source are being impacted by shifting agriculture, agricultural expansion, wood collection, livestock grazing and wildlife poaching. This project will work with communities and government to propose a Water Resource Protected Area in the headwaters, improve small farmers’ agricultural practices and designate community forests to reduce land degradation and biodiversity loss in the Luangwa headwaters, protecting its water resources, biodiversity and associated livelihoods.
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