CLT has been created with the hope that by providing direct benefits through conservation activities, the perception of conserving LT can be changed from one of misunderstanding and mistrust to one of ownership and a secure future.
There are two phases planned towards seeking the ultimate goal of a more inclusive and sustainable Lake Tanganyika and Nsumbu NP.
involves raising funds to try and slow the destruction of the natural resources of wildlife and fisheries. This will partly be done by direct resource protection through assisting ZAWA in its operations while assuming some of the operational costs that ZAWA cannot afford.
During the same period funds will be allocated for employment of road crews to repair and open loop roads within NNP. More roads will allow for easier access within the National park both for tourism as well as resource protection. Human Wildlife Conflicts are a major concern of local communities and CLT has made it a priority to address this issue, especially of crop raiding hippo. Both chilli deterrent and fencing of farming areas are possibilities. These projects will provide a direct and visible benefit to communities.
In a start to educating local communities in the value of conservation to Tourism and what that means to locals in terms of gainful and permanent employment, we will also take several representatives to Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa for them to witness firsthand the benefits tourism can bring about.
is an extension of the components of phase 1 and intended to ensure the continuity and success of CLT. A Permanent education centre, increased employment of locals and a higher level of government engagement into the possibilities of a PPP (Public Private Partnership) for Nsumbu NP are priority developments. There will be a continued and increased level of resource protection through recruitment of community scouts. Additionally CLT will establish a permanent base with trained staff, this will be based in Nsumbu township to ensure visibility and engagement with locals.
Conservation Lake Tanganyika is governed by a constitution and representative board. Still in its early days work has begun into the longer term possibilities of entering into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the communities surrounding the park as well as with ZAWA.