Integrated Catchment Basin Resource Management Plan

For the greater Liuwa Landscape – Zambia

Through funding made available by WWF-Zambia and African Parks, Advance Africa was consulted to prepare an Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP) for the broader Liuwa landscape.

In the west of Zambia, stretching outwards from the pristine wilderness of Liuwa Plain National Park, lies the broader Liuwa landscape which incorporates the Barotse floodplain and the Upper Western Zambezi Game Management Area. A rich and diverse wetland habitat of unique wildlife and exceptional people, with dispersed settlements that typically follow the river courses – All form part of the upper Zambezi River catchment basin.

Advance Africa compiled the terms of reference report which outlined the tasks and seeked to set the framework by which an IRMP for the broader Liuwa landscape will be established.

The project identified strategic pressure points within the broader landscape and proposed mitigations to achieve proactive management and enterprise development outputs.

Liuwa Plain National Park
Liuwa Plain National Park

After joint deliberation on the framework with WWF Zambia and the African Parks team, the final report provided a graphically presented framework for effective integrated resource management, which specifically takes into account the broader catchment area in what would be termed an ‘Integrated Catchment Basin – Resource Management Plan’.

Key areas that were considered are:
  • Land use planning was analysed at a landscape scale for the broader Liuwa region
  • The environmental context was considered from the perspective of physical and biological, socio-economic, and regulatory environment
  • Specific corridors were analysed from the human, wildlife and infrastructural perspective
  • Strategic pressure points on and from the above analysis were considered and highlighted with the linkages they affect
  • A detailed stakeholder analysis was completed to develop the stakeholder engagement plan for this area
  • The resulting enterprise developments required to mitigate the above pressures, promote conservation development and uplift communities were proposed

By utilising an integrated, proactive, holistic and systems-based approach to environmental problems and viewing the plan from a landscape scale, Advance Africa believes better understanding and effective management for this remarkable area will become possible.