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.
The Rob and Melani Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation has a philanthropic focus on conservation and biodiversity protection. The foundation has supported African Parks since 2010, providing critical start-up funding for Akagera, and helped enable our work more generally. The Walton Family Foundation’s most recent commitment of US$5 million grant over five years to continue to strategically grow the African Parks portfolio.
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