Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DPNW)
The Zambian DNPW works to protect and conserve Zambia’s wildlife estates and to improve the quality of life among communities and maintain sustainable biodiversity. We began our work with the DNPW in Liuwa Plain National Park in 2003 and in the Bangweulu Wetlands in 2008.
Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) - Zambia
The BRE is recognised by the Zambian Government as an official administrative entity in the Barosteland region, and as such, is an essential partner in the Liuwa Plain project. His Majesty Lubosi Imwiko and the Limulunga Kuta (parliament) played an instrumental role in convincing the Zambian Government to conclude an agreement with African Parks in 2003, and have maintained an active role in guiding the project through the participation of two BRE representatives on the Liuwa Board.
WWF-The Netherlands has been supporting African Parks since 2007, with the goal to develop the African Parks management model across Africa. Over €6.5 million of funding has gone to core operating costs and conservation projects at Liuwa Plain National Park, Bangweulu Wetlands and Odzala-Kokoua. A group of five families called the “Odzala Circle” contributes the Odzala portion of this funding. Our partnership with WWF in the U.S. currently focuses on Odzala-Kokoua as well. WWF-Belgium became a strategic funding partner of African Parks supporting our Malawi parks and Liuwa Plain.
Stichting Natura Africae
Stichting Natura Africae is a charitable foundation established by Jan Verhagen, a Dutch entrepreneur, in 2017. Natura Africae is dedicated to the conservation of national parks and protected areas in Africa. Herein, it recognises the reciprocal relationship between the livelihoods of local communities and the successful protection of an ecosystem’s wildlife. The foundation provided EUR5 million in 2018 to start off a long-term commitment to African Parks withrecurring allocations to Liuwa Plain National Park and the Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia.
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