Conservation lake Tanganyika
Conservation Lake Tanganyika (CLT) was created by a group of concerned Zambian conservationists in late 2011. Despite being realised globally as one of the most important areas on earth for biodiversity, there is very little effort on the ground to address the issues of unsustainable resource use and abuse throughout Lake Tanganyika. Now confirmed overfishing on the lake puts at risk not only the biodiversity of this amazing body of water, but also the lives of the millions of people that derive their protein from the lake fishery; a collapse of this fishery would be catastrophic.
In the southwest corner of Lake Tanganyika lies Nsumbu National Park (NNP) an area that can be considered a representation of many of the problems facing the lake, as well as providing an opportunity to overcome these difficulties.The protected area of Nsumbu is critical in providing breeding areas for fish stocks, and a clean watershed to feed the lake. It is the whole system that needs protection to ensure this complex web of life is maintained in a healthy state.
Conservation Lake Tanganyika (CLT) seeks to promote and preserve the biodiversity of Lake Tanganyika for the sustainable benefit for all, and we focus our efforts on Nsumbu National Park and surrounds.
Our approach is to support the government mandated wildlife department in protecting the park, whilst engaging with the local communities that are the ultimate caretakers and have been for generations.
Rangers in Zambia are often men and women dedicated to protecting the natural world but rarely given the tools and support they need to do so. We focus on providing the Rangers of Nsumbu with field equipment, training, adequate rations and medical supplies in the field and logistical support to operate efficiently in the bush and on the waters of Tanganyika. CLT has proudly been a part of building the Nsumbu unit from a paltry 6 officers to an over 20 man unit that is fully equipped, trained, housed and supported.
Local representation and understanding in the importance of nature and our role in it is critical for lasting solutions and benefit sharing. CLT considers the people of Nsumbu as our major partner and we actively support the Community Resource Board and their activities by providing for free and fair elections in selecting community representatives to engage with government, logistics and training.
Our work over the last 5 years has shown results that many though not possible. The last elephants in Northern Zambia and anywhere on the shores of Tanganyika are now commonly seen in Nsumbu and are breeding well after decades of persecution for their ivory. Antelope herds are increasing exponentially and fish stocks within the protected area are high enough to support a vibrant angling destination, and a vital fishery that feeds thousands of Zambians.
Sadly there are still the few that threaten the many, poaching and illegal fishing are a constant threat and ideas fade without progress. CLT relies entirely on donations and grants, we are based in Nsumbu itself and have extremely low overheads that we are proud of.
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If you would like to support one of our projects please visit www.conservationtanganyika.org for more information.