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WDA project

Communities living within the Hwange-Kazuma-Chobe Wildlife Dispersal Area (WDA) of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA, TFCA) bear cost of living with wildlife, that have led them to adopt antagonistic attitudes towards wildlife as most do not derive direct economic benefits from the natural resources in the landscape. It is therefore essential to involve rural communities in tourism activities from which they can derive incremental economic and social benefits at both community and household levels.

The project is geared at improving the livelihoods of the communities in the Hwange-Kazuma-Chobe WDA by participating in the tourism industry through meaningful joint venture partnerships and engagement in the tourism value chain.

The main objective of the project is to develop and implement a stable and resilient Community-Based tourism (CBT) model for local communities residing within the Hwange-Kazuma-Chobe WDA of the KAZA TFCA with the aim of uplifting the socio-economic conditions of the rural communities. This will be realised by supporting Community Based Organisations (CBOs) within the WDA i) to develop sustainability and resilient joint venture partnership tourism enterprises with government and the private sector and ii) to implement programmes to enhance participation in the tourism value supply chain. 

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