Strengthening Community Fisheries in Kavango-Zambezi Conservation Area

ActionAid          ADPP       C3 Madagascar        IGAD        MCCNT        NNF         SOS-Sahel        UNDP-Mauritius        WWF-Kenya


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  • participated in the preparation of the regional consultation for the roll-out of the FAO voluntary guidelines on securing sustainable small-scale fisheries scheduled for March and April

  • review of toolbox; commissioned consultant to start module on boat handling; review of milestone 5 (Fish guard training and fish monitors)

  • discussed issues on annual general meetings of conservancies and MEFT Covid-19 regulations; presented at biannual meeting in Impalila and received positive feedback from Mashi, Kwando and Salambala;

  • started first engagements with regional association of tourism stakeholders (Wetlands group) and updated information from Gondwana/Sikunga partnership as a model for future JVs

  • engaged with partners on consolidating the lessons learnt over the past two decades and agreed on general process and content of such synopsis

  • engaged with partners on consolidating the lessons learnt over the past two decades and agreed on general process and content of such synopsis

  • frame survey draft report Maurus Nekaro; obtained letters of support from Maurus Nekaro and Kapinga Kamwalye; awareneess meetings in Maurus Nekaro with Regional Council, Police and Tradition Authorities; started village awareness meetings in Kapinga Kamwalye; reviewed draft management plan for Nsundwa fisheries reserves and planned for a verification trip to proposed sites


December 2020-December 2023


1,150,000 euros


Namibia Nature Foundation Trust




  • Enhanced Community Governance

  • Creation of a network of community fish reserves

  • Increased awareness of nutritional aspects, local recreation and cultural aspects of fish

  • Strengthening of research, monitoring and adaptive management of fisheries resources. 

  • Enhanced transboundary collaboration on the objectives 


  • 1.1.      Develop a process for the establishment officially recognised community fisheries structures for all KAZA countries, based on Namibia’s example and of Fisheries Reserves elaborated for all KAZA countries, using those for Namibia as a basis.

  • 1.2.      Continue develop the Toolbox for Establishing Fisheries Reserves

  • 1.3.      Develop Community Fisheries Standard Operating Procedures based on the toolbox to assist with compliance

  • 1.4.      Support community level actions to develop committees, including consultations, participatory constitution development and management planning.

  • 1.5.      Provide technical and practical support to balanced joint venture partnerships with private companies (e.g. lodges)

  • 2.1.      Develop knowledge materials appropriate to each KAZA Country.

  • 2.2.      Establish community fisheries reserves, following the milestones and the toolbox, including demarcation, management planning and supporting the formal gazetting process.

  • 2.3.      Develop fisheries management plans for fisheries areas (network creation)

  • 3.1.      Undertake an economic valuations and documentation of the social and cultural value of fish to the region.

  • 3.2.      Provide targeted support to regional (KAZA) community participation in the Zambezi Bream festival.

  • 3.3.      Develop specific concepts in the festival that strengthen the social and cultural value of fish to the people of KAZA (e.g. fishing competition using traditional gear).

  • 3.4.      Develop a recipe book with tales based on traditional cooking methods

  • 4.1.      Convene workshops and technical support to develop protocols for joint research and monitoring.

  • 4.2.      Provide support to facilitate joint research and monitoring events.

  • 4.3.      Develop standardised community fisheries monitoring protocols and actions across KAZA.

  • 4.4.      Provide training and technical support for community fisheries monitoring actions and analysis and iteration of results for communities.

  • 4.5.      Derive recommendation for adaptive management based on research results.

  • 5.1.      Initiate and support the running of at least two meetings per year of the KAZA Fisheries Sub-working group under the guidance of the KAZA Secretariat.

  • 5.2.      Provide practical and logistical support (through IRDNC) for the integration of fisheries issues into existing community trans-boundary fora.

  • 5.3.      Convene meetings, workshops and training (both community-based and government level) to establish grounds for effective transboundary enforcement actions.

  • 5.4.      Provide practical and logistical support for joint fisheries enforcement and patrol actions on the Zambezi.