WWF – Kasungu-Lukusuzi TFCA

WWF – Kasungu-Lukusuzi Transfrontier Conservation Area

– Situation Analysis in the Minombo ecoregion: Kasungu-Lukusuzi Transfrontier Conservation Area

Year 2007
Duration: 1 year
Partners: WWF
Project Background
Kasungu-Lukusuzi TFCAThe proposed Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) is made up of two nationally gazetted national parks i.e., Kasungu (Malawi) and Lukususizi (Zambia) and will also encompass the Mwasemphangwe and Chikomene customary lands located between the two parks.  Conceptually TFCAs can enhance conservation while spearheading the socio-economic development of targeted areas The Kasungu­-Lukusuzi system has the potential to make a viable TFCA and is one of the Miombo Ecoregion’s areas of biological significance. Historically, there arewell known movements of large mammals between two parks including elephant, giraffe, and puku. Further, the area holds an endemic tree frog Hyperolius kachololae, and an endemic fish – Mpasa – which breeds in the rivers running off the escarpment.

  • The concept of transfrontier conservetion has captured the imagination of scientists and tourists for the reason that it enables wild populations to survive and move over relatively large areas and can potentially provide escape meehanisms in periods of proionged droughts and long term effects of climate change.
  • The Kasungu-Lukukusi Area is important in the Miombo Eecregion beeause of high plant and animal diversity, whieh ineludes unique and endemic plant and animal species
  • There is considerable movement of large mammals such as elephant, giraffe and puku across political boundaries between the two parks.
  • The area is drained by the Luangwa River, which also drains two iconic conservation and tourism areas in Zambia; the North and South Luangwa National Parks. In addition it is the only major river system in Southem Africa without dams along its course.
  • The formation of a trans-trontier conservation area could provide huge conservation gains and increase tourism, which can bring the two Luangwa Systems into one circuit with the Kasungu-Lukukusi systems, hence centributing to conservation and poverty reduction.

 

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Situation Analysis in Kasungu-Lukusuzi – Final report 2007

 

 

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