We advocate for retaining the Zambezi's wilderness values, and for holistic, long-term, management planning for the whole Valley.
Wilderness advocacy & Zambezi Valley holistic management planning
The Zambezi Society has long advocated for the preservation of the unique, and globally-recognised, wilderness values of the Zambezi Valley . Our current focus is on achieving this through holistic management planning for the entire mid-Zambezi Valley complex (including the World Heritage Site (Mana Pools/Sapi/Chewore) and the wider Middle Zambezi Biosphere Reserve), initially for the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River, but ultimately for both sides of the river. The African Wildlife Foundation has provided funding for this holistic planning process and the Zambezi Society is an active stakeholder in the process.
Tourism & developmental impacts
The Zambezi Society acts as an independent watchdog , monitoring any developments (e.g. mining proposals, tourism projects which could have a detrimental impact on the biodiversity or wilderness values of the Zambezi Valley. We actively take part in any Environmental Impact Assessment processes, mobilising support by reaching out to our local, regional and international support base through Social Media and other outlets. We make constructive suggestions to mitigate damaging impacts, and, if necessary, will strongly oppose developments that we consider unsuitable.
Biosphere Reserve management
UNESCO requires regular reporting on the state and management of its designated Biosphere Reserves and other protected areas. The Zambezi Society is assisting Zimbabwe’s Mana and Biosphere committee with such reporting for the Middle Zambezi Biosphere Reserve declared in 2010.
The Zambezi Society creates awareness about unsuitable or inappropriate human activities/behaviour in National Park or wilderness areas and assists ZimParks in drawing up Codes of Conduct for visitor behaviour in sensitive wildlife environments like Mana Pools and Chitake Spring which are popular with tourists.