Emergency funding for anti-poaching and human-wildlife conflict mitigation

Ed Selfe
Grantee Conservation South Luangwa
Type Protected Area Management
Location South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Grant Amount $150,775
Duration 1 year

The COVID crisis caused a dramatic loss of income for Conservation South Luangwa, who raise a significant portion of their funding from tourism bed-night levies. In addition, Zambia Carnivore Program who work in partnership with them were similarly affected, albeit through reduced grant-income. LRF provided an emergency grant to achieve three things: a) to enable critical operations such as anti-snare patrols and de-snaring of snared animals to continue; b) to enable continuation of human-wildlife conflict mitigation. c) An innovative program to hire furloughed tourism staff to deliver essential conservation services - to ensure that the community benefits from conservation continue to some extent even during the COVID crisis.