Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) operates under a memorandum of understanding with the Zambian Wildlife Authorities (ZAWA) and is governed by a constitution and an annually elected Board. Click here to download the constitution.
Zambia's elephant population fell from 35,000 in the 1970s to only 6000 in the 1990s. With increasing poaching becoming a significant problem in the LZNP concerned local safari operators and other stakeholders recognised a need for organised support for the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS now ZAWA) operations in the area.
Once registered as an NGO, CLZ began to assist the NPWS and the Chiawa community with conservation efforts. Over the past 8 years the Royal Danish Embassy and DANIDA have funded the establishment of the CLZ Base Camp, Environmental Education Centre, mobile education unit, equipment, media promotion and safari guide training.
CLZ now have a well-established base camp just outside the western boundary of the LZNP from which it can run effective operations