DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE

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THE DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE

In 2015 the Zambia Wildlife Authority was replaced with the DNPW under the ministry of tourism. Its roles include:

  • To improve the quality of the life among communities in wildlife estates and maintenance of sustainable biodiversity in national parks and game management areas;
  • To reverse the decline in wildlife resources;
  • To improve wildlife resource management to a level which will secure sustainable flow of benefits from the resources; and
  • To considerably improve the wildlife resource base investment in co-operation with the private sector and local communities.

DNPW and CLT enjoy a close working relationship. Maxwell Silungwe runs CLT daily affairs and is a retired SWPO (Senior Wildlife Police Officer) as rangers are called in Zambia. His intimate knowledge and relationship with his former colleagues is invaluable to both parties. Whilst CLT is involved in operational planning and logistics as well as data collection the Nsumbu Park Rangers office is ultimately in charge of all anti poaching operations in the protected areas. All field scouts fall under his command.

The  Park Ranger is in charge of all anti poaching personell and provides leadership and briefs for every operation:

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CLT and DNPW conduct quarterly planning and review meetings to ensure our objectives are being met and are mutually beneficial:

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Currently CLT and DNPW utilise WPOs from several different bases:

NSumbu Office: is the center of operations and where the Park Ranger is based. CLT provides all requirements for 4 long patrols (10 days) using officers based in Nsumbu.

Mpulungu office is responsible for security on the eastern side of the park. CLT provides all requirements for one long patrol (15 days) per month for 6 WPOs based in Mpulungu.

Mporokoso office is responsible for the Southern Section of NSumbu and Mweru Wantipa NP. CLT provides all requirements fro one long patrol (15 days) per monht for 6 WPOs based in Mpulungu.

Mutunud Sector: is in charge of all operations in Tondwa GMA. Being a community area there are 2 WPOs in charge of Mutunudu under whcih 18 village scouts work. CLT provides all requirements for 2 x long patrols (10 days each) from Mutundu.