Chiawa Camp

CLZ

Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) was established in 1995 as a non-governmental organisation that specialises in promoting the protection of fauna and flora in the Lower Zambezi National Park and in the surrounding game management areas (GMAs). Starting with just one employee, CLZ initially provided logistical support to Zambia’s NPWS wildlife scouts. They began to expand in 1999 after the Danish Ambassador, Mr Mads Sandau, decided to help fund the organisation. Since then CLZ has become one of Africa's foremost conservation organisations.

CLZ now assists the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), which is responsible for the management and administration of the country’s national parks and GMAs. Through this support, which includes transport (road and aerial support), patrol rations, radio communications, specialised training, and tranquilising and treating wild animals injured by poachers, CLZ has helped to save numerous animals, in particular wild dog, lion and elephant.

In 2002 the Royal Danish Embassy offered to support a new Environmental Education Centre,in the hope that, through education, the local people would be in a position to make more environmentally responsible decisions in the future. Opened in 2005, the centre’s strategy is to sensitise local people and to stimulate sufficient interest within the community that they would come to see the long-term benefits of conservation. According to the latest figures, more than 250 teachers, pupils and community members have visited the centre, while their Land Cruiser, which is mounted with TV and video, has reached almost 6,000 school pupils.

Expert Africa is supporting the CLZ's work on an ongoing basis, with a view to regular and consistent donations for things that they really need. Expert Africa's most recent donation, in November 2012, was the contribution to CLZ of two high-quality digital cameras (along with memory cards). One of the cameras will be used to record poaching activities, such as the state of poached carcasses found and evidence of other illegal activities such as meat-drying racks and wire snares. The second camera will be used by CLZ's environmental education programme to document visits to remote schools promoting conservation awareness in local communities.

Expert Africa has also sponsored an ‘air to ground’ radio for CLZ's anti-poaching surveillance aircraft, 9J-CLZ. This means that the pilot will now be able to communicate easily with anti-poaching patrol teams on the ground when he is searching for poaching camps from the skies. This is a vital tool in the fight against illegal killing of precious wildlife in the Lower Zambezi.