About WWF Zambia

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Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River, one of Zambia's natural heritage.
© Griffin Shanungu/WWF Zambia

About Zambia

Zambia has a surface area of 752, 614 Km2 and is highly endowed with natural resources such as wildlife, forests, water, fish, birds and minerals. These natural resources constitute the mainstay of the country’s economy and support for livelihoods in terms of food, energy, shelter and employment.
Zambia’s economy is mainly dependent on Copper mining which is complimented by agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. While Zambia’s population currently stands at 13 million, only about 500,000 people are currently in formal employment. The majority of the population, classified as poor live in rural areas mainly dependent on subsistence agriculture for food security and income generation.

With increasing human population, demand and pressure on the natural resources is also increasing. Demand for agricultural land and human settlements has risen which exerts pressure on forests and protected areas.

WWF Zambia Country Office


This country office falls under WWF's Eastern & Southern Africa Regional Programme Office (ESARPO) that helps coordinate activities Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

WWF has been involved in active conservation work in eastern and southern Africa since 1962, beginning with the purchase of land in Nakuru (Kenya) to allow for the establishment of an enlarged park to help support the conservation of the flamingos of Lake Nakuru

The first black rhino sanctuary in Kenya was set up in Lake Nakuru National Park at the height of rhino poaching in Kenya (1970s to 1980s).

Eastern and Southern Africa contains some of the world’s most unique and spectacular bio-diversity. It is home to critical places (Coastal East Africa, Africa Rift Lakes, Miombo and the Namib-Karoo) and key flagship species (Great Apes, African Elephant, African Rhinos and Marine Turtles).
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