Funding: European Union, additional funding - SASSCAL/NNF/SAREP/SAIAB. 
Parnters: Government Fisheries Department (Zambia), Okavango Research Institute, University of Namibia.
Date: Started in January 2013, runs for four years
 

Community-based management of river and floodplain fisheries in rivers and floodplains in the Upper Zambezi, Chobe and Okavango catchments in Namibia, Zambia and Botswana. 

The purpose of the project is to contribute to environmental conservation and to improve socio-economic benefits and food security, especially for women, children and the rural poor through capacity building and the development of regional and international networking platforms. 

 Main activities
  • Using lessons learned from current NNF Project in Caprivi, Namibia, to develop similar community based management systems for other fisheries areas in the Zambezi, Chobe and Okavango River Systems
  • Establish cross border steering committees at different levels (communities, conservancies, local authorities, government departments/ministries, etc.) to enhance communication links and facilitate information exchange to improve fisheries management.
  • Exchange visits carried out with neighbouring communities (regional and international) to discuss best practices and lessons learned, and to develop comprehensive management plans and formal agreements.
  • Community capacity building in monitoring and evaluation of FPAs.
  • Support for expansion of Namibian fish ranching programme into suitable water bodies in neighbouring countries.
  • Coordination of research programmes on the fish, fisheries, and dependent communities. 
Target groups
  • All conservancies in Namibia in the project area: Setting up of fisheries committees and establishing management programmes, establishment of FPAs, developing by-laws guided by the project and in partnership with MFMR.
  • Other fishing communities in Namibia in areas not covered by conservancies: Develop partnerships through the establishment of fisheries committees under guidance by project in close cooperation with MFMR, Traditional Authorities and Regional Councils.
  • Community trusts in Zambia: Setting up of fisheries committees and establishing management programmes, establishment of FPAs, developing bye-laws guided by the project and in partnership with the Barotse Royal Establishment and the Department of Fisheries.
  • Other fishing communities in Zambia in areas not covered by community trusts: Develop partnerships through the establishment of fisheries committees under guidance by project in close cooperation with DoF, Barotse Royal Establishment and other relevant local and traditional authorities.
  • Fishing communities in Botswana: Develop partnerships through the establishment of fisheries committees under guidance by project in close cooperation with fisheries departments and other relevant research institutes, as well as local and traditional authorities.
Project associates
Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), University of Hull International Fisheries Institute (Professor I.G. Cowx), South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Government Fisheries Departments (Botswana, Zambia and Namibia), Government Fisheries Department Angola, African Wildlife Foundation, World Wildlife Fund. 
 
This Project is funded by The European Union