© Dan Hargrove


The Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation area is home to a great diversity of ecosystems and landscapes. Each year, the area experiences large-scale migrations of megafauna. Whilst rural communities in the Mucheni (Zimbabwe) and Simalaha (Zambia) Community Conservancies have distinct cultures and local governments, they depend on hunting and fishing for both food and income. However, communities’ livelihoods are threatened by erratic rainfall, poor soils, and human–wildlife conflicts.

The SWM Project in KaZa is promoting a sustainable use of natural resources, including wildlife and fisheries, by the Community Conservancies. It is also developing alternative sources of proteins, such as livestock husbandry and aquaculture. The project is being implemented by CIRAD in coordination with the governments of both Zambia and Zimbabwe.


  • Conducted a terrestrial game survey to estimate wildlife abundance and species distribution in Mucheni community conservancy in Zimbabwe;
  • Presented and discussed results of the livestock study during a workshop in Binga;
  • Drafted livestock intervention plan in Zambia and Zimbabwe;
  • Distributed materials and equipment for rehabilitation of school infrastructure in Inyasemu community conservancy in Zambia.


Map of the SWM activities in the Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation area
The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers and boundaries.



SPIKED: Conserve natural habitats and wildlife


THE HERALD: Joint wildlife conservation programme

© FAO/David Mansell-Moullin

Leaflet - SWM Programme in Zambia and Zimbabwe