|The Ways Forward: our Mission and Goals for Zambezi Delta management
Our mission is to help produce a comprehensive, visionary, and realizable management plan for the conservation and sustainable use of the Zambezi Delta Ramsar Site, involving all stakeholders – local community, government agency and administrator, private sector, and NGO – in the management planning process in a way that is meaningful to them and that allows them to use their particular skills and knowledge most effectively.
We seek consensus on the ecological, economic, and socio-cultural implications of different flow scenarios for the lower Zambezi River, with practicable recommendations for implementation of Environmental Flow Requirements to restore the Zambezi Delta, based on expert scientific opinion in corroboration with local communities, stakeholders, and decision-makers.
We seek scientifically-sound quotas established to ensure sustainable levels of wildlife hunting and resource harvest from the Zambezi Delta and repopulation of species that have been severely reduced.
We seek clearly defined water quality thresholds and effluent limits for sugar production facilities, and clearly mapped boundaries for expansion of sugar production fields.
We seek concrete plans for the restoration of the Salone depression to improve the hydrological connection between the Zambezi River and Delta.
We seek significantly increased awareness and acceptance of the ecological functions and values of the Zambezi Delta and need for sustainable management of local resources among community members living and working in the Zambezi Delta.
Finally, we seek meaningful involvement of community members and stakeholders throughout the management planning process via participation in public workshops and forums, opportunities for review and comment on the draft management plan, and opportunities for feedback after implementation of the adopted plan, to be achieved by: