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Jonathan Chisaka

Bangweulu Community Manager

Park Management

From a teaching background, Jonathan Chisaka was seconded to WWF where he served as a national community education officer for more than 10 years, and was the co-founder and trainer of the community-based environmental education programme in WWF- Zambia Coordination office.

He also served as Chairperson of Participatory Ecological Land-Use Management (PELUM), a community based organisation working in 10 countries in the eastern and southern Africa, specialising in community-based natural resources management. Jonathan, has skills in conflict resolution in natural resources management, negotiation and facilitation in community based environmental learning processes. In 2006, he worked as a consultant on a SADC Regional Water sector project supported by DANIDA piloting a new approach to water conservation through the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM). In 2009, he joined the African Parks’ Bangweulu Wetlands Project Zambia as Community Manager. His contribution to the park management is to socially mobilise communities to participate in the management of the natural resources, and explore other options available in the sustainable utilisation of natural resources.