“Few places have such a rich conservation history as Liuwa Plain. This important national park is thriving today because of the leadership of the Barotse Royal Establishment, which began over 100 years ago with King Lubosi Lewanika in the late 19th century through to His Majesty the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II today” said Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks. “Our partnership with the BRE and the Zambian Government over the past 16 years, and more recently with Time + Tide, has helped in restoring the park’s wildlife and in securing a better future for the local people who live within and around the park”.
Liuwa Plain is one of Zambia’s most important natural treasures. Each year, it hosts the world’s second largest wildebeest migration, during which more than 40,000 animals move in long lines across its vast grasslands. In 2003, African Parks, DNPW and the BRE pioneered a unique public-private partnership to ensure the protection of the park and the 15,000 people living within it, promoting socio-economic growth and creating opportunities for local communities to derive long-term benefits from a healthy, functioning ecosystem. Security has been overhauled, staff recruited and trained, infrastructure implemented and extensive community programmes initiated to improve livelihoods. Among these include the provision of educational and healthcare support, water points in villages, employment and sustainable livelihood projects. Wildlife populations have proliferated over the past decade, and key predators have started to flourish once again.