“Supporting Indigenous and Local Community Conservation Territories and Areas (ICCAs) in Zambia: Responding to the UNDP -GEF/SGP call for Concept Notes”,


As part of the “Supporting Indigenous and Local Community Conservation Territories and Areas (ICCAs) in Zambia: Setting Cornerstones Project”, a national stakeholder workshop was held on 31st March, 2017 at Protea Hotel, Lusaka in which tentative ICCAs were identified in Zambia. This was followed by field visit to Kaindu Natural Resources Trust (KNRT) where a field mission tool was tested with facilitation of the ICCA Consortium Coordinator, Dr Grazia Borrini – Feyerabend. Thereafter, field verification mission activities commenced starting with North Western, Western and finally Central Province.  A field mission report back meeting was organized and was held at the Nature conservancy (TNC) board room on 13th April, 2018. In attendance were the national Coordinator (ZCBNRMF), two Southern Africa regional ICCA representatives based in Zambia namely Mr. Vincent Ziba and Dr Patricia M. Mupeta, and the two members who carried out the field verification mission Mr. Alimakio Zulu and Mr. Chezen Suede.

In order to ensure that the recommendation of the meeting was delivered, CBNRM plans to conduct a capacity building activity in four selected emblematic ICCAs namely; Chilyabufu on the Kafue Flats, Zambezi Source and Chimbwika-Ntambu landscapes including Kaindu Natural Resource Trust (KNRT) as a pilot in line with objective six of the project document to assist in the self –strengthening process.  It is envisaged that the process will facilitate the development of credible concept notes for the four (4) desired ICCAs in order to build on the previous work undertaken under the catalytic grant of the UNDP -GEF/SGP.

The main objective of the capacity building campaign would be to:

To engage and plan with the ICCAs local teams to develop concept notes for enhancing specific initiatives in support of each ICCA.  These Concept Notes could then be submitted to UNDP -GEF/SGP for consideration of funding nevertheless, through the Zambia CBNRM Forum who would then assume overall responsibility of fund management and oversee the ICCA activities under each emblematic ICCA once approved. Each emblematic ICCA shall be considered as an individual entity in the application and each will be reviewed as such by the National Steering Committee.


The identified potential four emblematic ICCAs will need support to develop concept notes for supporting the site specific initiatives of their needs. However, these entities have no capacity to write concept notes on their own and therefore require assistance in defining what initiatives would meet their needs arising from the findings of the field verification mission which was conducted in three regions. The Zambia CBNRM Forum therefore intends to provide this support of capacity building of the local teams to come up with such initiative through an interactive workshop process in Mwinilunga and Mumbwa in order to cover the identified emblematic ICCAs.  Below is a brief description of status quo in each of identified emblematic ICCAs:

Source of the Zambezi- Chief Kanong’esha

  • The community claimed that they possess strong historical, cultural and spiritual connection with the territory through ancestral domains of their indigenous peoples. The initiative will pursue and ensure community customary rights to the Zambezi source territory and surrounding forested areas are fully recognised including fair cost/benefit sharing arising thereof.

Chibwika-Ntambu Landscapes

  • The community bemoaned potential threats from mining activities and land grabs thus the communities want to claim legal and customary rights to land, water and other natural resources  on which they directly depend for subsistence e.g. for food, medicines, housing material; they also possess a strong historical and cultural and spiritual connection (ancestral domains in form of shrines)

Chief Chilyabufu – Customary fish Conservation method (Kuzela)

  • The community claimed that they have demonstrated a long term positive relationship with the Kafue River lagoon system fisheries in particular because of their unique and sustainable harvesting methods – “Kuzela”. The customary fisheries are experiencing physical degradation because of siltation over the years and the community intends to restore the fishery and enhance their community governance role to foster recognition of their traditionally fish harvesting methods in the pond system of the chief Chilyabufu’s area.

Kaindu – Natural Resources Trust

The community claimed that they have demonstrated positive strides in establishing a community conserved area in a form of a game ranch however the larger community appears to be out of the loop and thus the KNTR intends to enhance their community governance role in conservation to the wider Kaindu community to instill a sense of ownership among community members in order to foster community participation in conservation

Methodology and Approaches;

The proposed methodology and approach will be through a participatory interactive engagement with local teams of the identified ICCAs to have a community vision around the community conserved areas and identify specific initiatives in support of the ICCA.   The engagement tools may include the following:

  1. Focused Group Discussion
  2. Group work and report back
  3. Plenary discussions


  • Two cluster workshops/meetings held to share information on UNDP(GEF)-SGP 1st call for Concept Notes
  • Four (4) Concept notes from identified emblematic ICCAs developed and submitted to UNDP(GEF)-SGP
  • 3 YEAR PROJECT (2017 TO 2019)

Grant Purpose: to create regional associations of Community Resources Boards to strengthen influence with government and to build capacity for local.


  • GEF-small grants program(SGP)together with ICCA Consortium(ICCA-C)

The Zambia CBNRM Forum was established in 2005 and launched by the Former Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources (MTENR) with the aim to reduce poverty through community based management of natural resources.


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