Sustainable natural resource management

In Zambia, Ground Truth 2.0 will improve citizen participation in the measurement of land-use changes, particularly a) wildlife sightings; b) human-wildlife conflict; and c) agricultural activities. These data are important for the recognition of wildlife and tourism as viable livelihoods, and for conservation-based development.

Attempts to put up a monitoring system earlier have been hampered a.o. by limited awareness and engagement. Two Community Resource Boards – representing 24 Village Action Groups – have been elected by the community and will act as co-managers and coordinating body of the observatory. The collected data will be aggregated and visualised to stimulate discussion between communities and decision makers.

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