Updated: May 11
Zambia, located in the southern region of Africa, is renowned for its natural beauty, vast wildlife, and rich culture. However, the country is also facing significant environmental challenges, such as deforestation, pollution, and climate change.
To combat these issues, various environmental organisations have emerged in Zambia to create awareness on some of these issues around plants and animals conservation, especially in areas where they come in contact with humans. They provide training and tools which people can use in their local communities. In this article, we mention a few of these groups, however, this is a working list so we will keep adding to it as we think of more organisations that work to protect animals of the environment.
Is an organisation that works to educate people around snakes and minimise damage due to human/snake interaction. They have a website and Facebook group including the popular Zambia Snakes and Creep Crawlies site. Through training and their book they hope to help more Zambians appreciate snakes and the contributions snakes make in our environment.
LAWS is a non-governmental animal welfare organisation, who provide shelter for the stray, abandoned and mistreated dogs and cats in Lusaka, Zambia. They are always looking for volunteers and are fundraising or the care of the animals. Please check our their Facebook and see how you could help them.
This Animal Welfare Society performs similar functions of protecting animals in their community.
WECSZ is a well established organisation that 'champions the harmonious co-existence of humans and nature to enable for sustainable ecosystems.' It also does a substantial amount of work with youth groups including the Chongololo Club & Chipembele Clubs - nationwide school environment clubs.
The Kasanka Trust is a non-profit organization working towards the conservation and sustainable management of the Kasanka National Park in Zambia. The park is home to various endangered species, including the sitatunga antelope and the African pitta bird. The Kasanka Trust works with local communities, government agencies, and other stakeholders to promote conservation and sustainable development in the area.
The organization's activities include environmental education, community outreach programs, and research on wildlife and ecosystem management. The Trust is also involved in tourism, offering visitors an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Kasanka National Park while promoting sustainable tourism practices. Through its efforts, the Kasanka Trust is helping to protect the unique biodiversity of the Kasanka National Park while improving the livelihoods of local communities.
A popular event at the National park is the bat migration which is the largest mammal migration in the world. A current challenge is the unique landscape in the park that they depend on is being threatened by mining development and a tremendous amount o public awareness and advocacy is being undertaken to protect this area.
Plant a Million Zambia is an environmental initiative aimed at promoting sustainable forestry and combating deforestation in Zambia. Launched in 2018 the project's objective is to plant one million trees across the country every year for five years.
The initiative involves a range of stakeholders, including government agencies, NGOs, and local communities, who work together to plant, monitor, and maintain the trees.
By promoting sustainable forestry practices and reforestation, Plant a Million Zambia aims to enhance Zambia's natural resources, improve soil health, and mitigate the effects of climate change. The project has gained significant momentum and support, with numerous organizations and individuals joining in the efforts to plant more trees and create a greener future for Zambia.
Among their activities they run a tree nursery and also organise environmental awareness and tree planting activities in schools.