Case Study

Technical advisory services to the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area

Client: German Financial Cooperation (KFW) through the KAZA TFCA Secretariat | Sectors: Natural Resources

Established under international treaty by the governments of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) is situated in the Kavango and Zambezi river basins and spans an area of approximately 520 000 km² including protected areas, game reserves, forest reserves, community conservancies and wildlife management areas.

The area includes the iconic Okavango Delta and the Victoria Falls to name just two world famous sites within the TFCA. With its diverse geography across two of the major river basins in southern Africa, the TFCA stands to become one of Africa's premier tourist and conservation destinations with large populations of plains animals including the largest population of the African elephant on the continent. From June 2011 until March 2017 Ecorys, through PMTC Zambia, was contracted to provide technical support to the value of €1.5m to the KAZA TFCA Secretariat. The services we provided have made significant contributions to the establishment of the TFCA have covered a range of activities including the development of key strategies for human wildlife conflict, tourism and livelihoods. We also provided ongoing financial oversight and procurement support with the development of transboundary conservation management facilities and services valued at approximately €12m.

A key outcome has been the development of the Master Integrated Development Plan to underpin the TFCA’s management and development for the next decade. This includes wildlife corridor mapping to identify and secure the major migration routes for large mammals, especially elephant, within the TFCA. The work undertaken in the KAZA TFCA has resulted in international coverage through internationally peer reviewed publications

Key Experts

Nick Smart Technical Director