HD Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia - "Where the water meets the sky"
Bangweulu means “where the water meets the sky” and this community-owned wetland in north-eastern Zambia, which African Parks has been managing since 2008, is one of the most extraordinary wetlands in all of Africa. Co-governance and community-driven conservation is helping to restore the natural resources and ecological functions that now sustain both local communities and the ecosystem. Its unique floral and faunal diversity have set the stage for a spectacular display of over 430 different bird species, including the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill stork. As a result of engaging with the 50,000 community members who live in the park, working hand in hand to ensure both the environment and their livelihoods are protected, there has been a major reduction in the levels of unsustainable fishing, poaching and illegal tree-cutting for charcoal, and the endemic black lechwe population has increased from 30,000 to 50,000. Bangweulu Wetlands Zambia is a beaming example of what is possible when people and wildlife benefit from a parks existence.Footage: The Rusty Mokoro