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Vanishing footprints - save the African LionVanishing footprints - save the African LionLand for Lions promotes a conservancy based habitat and wildlife conservation system which draws on both local grassroots methods while adhering to internationally accepted models of biodiversity protection.

Without including people into the conservation model, there is little hope of success as proven time and again in the various human - wildlife conflicts around the African continent. The relationship between African people, the wildlife and the habitat is intricately entwined in cultural perceptions, tribal beliefs and government interference - a situation which benefits no one.

However communities living with and amongst wildlife are often the poorest of the poor, gaining no benefit from land and wilderness that in effect has been robbed from them by decades of government regulation and patronage. Therefore it is essential that we also call for Private Partnerships with local and international organisations and groups on an ongoing basis to assist communities claim the right that is historically theirs.

As Zambians our focus is to firstly allow communities to reclaim the rights they have over their tribal land, a birthright that was taken away from them with the advent and establishment of Game Management Areas for Safari hunting and photographic purposes. While lip service is paid to Chiefs and communities with terms such as the CBNRM program, in Zambia communities living in GMA's do not benefit from their land and wildlife as they should, resulting in attitudes of resentment which filters down to the wildlife leading to poaching and habitat destruction.

Clearly the GMA system in Zambia does not work to full effect, with a recent study concluding that out of the 36 GMA's existing, ONLY 3 have seen any form of prosperous conservation achievement! 

"Despite their size and potential, the wildlife resources in many GMAs are in a state of steep decline and are not sufficiently productive in ecological, economic or social terms." (Lindsay et al)

Holding vast swathes of undisturbed habitat it is essential to look at reforming the manner in which these GMA's enter the next decade although stern resistance from Government will be encountered at all stages due to their reliance on the revenue generated through the current Safari Hunting system.

Thus as concerned Zambians we propose to look elsewhere and identify habitat and wildlife suitable for protection that is not designated under the GMA system - primarily community and privately owned land in various pockets throughout Zambia.

Bush office - saving the African LionBush office - saving the African LionALTERNATIVE TO GMA's

Our purpose is to encourage and seek support for those areas of wilderness in Zambia that do not lie under direct government control but are rather private or future conservancy based parcels of land available for biodiversity protection. There are forest reserves, wilderness areas and private farms that all support undisturbed habitat, are areas of ecological significance and do hold small populations of surviving wildlife - these areas deserve full protection under partnerships with communities, private landowners and international conservation groups.