Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organization that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities. The organization currently manages 18 protected areas covering over 35 million acres in 11 countries, and aims to restore each area, making them ecologically, socially and financially sustainable long into the future, for the benefit of people and wildlife. CTAOP’s grant invests in the sexual reproductive health of youth in Chiundaponde chiefdom, one of six chiefdoms in the community-owned and protected wetland of northeastern Zambia called Bangweulu Wetlands. This new program includes family planning, empowerment, and positive health outcomes in order to contribute to conservation and development goals of the protected wildlife area.
Why it’s innovative:
At the heart of this innovative partnership lies the intersection of conservation and global health. In what could be the next model for development, this project explores the interconnectedness of not one but all of the SDGs in a specific geographical space.
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*Cover Photo Credit: Mana Meadows