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North Luangwa: Green is the new Gold

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Updated 01 March 2023

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By Chris McIntyre

Managing Director

*A version of this article originally appeared in the March 2023 Bush Telegraph newsletter. You can read our recent newsletters and sign-up to receive these in your inbox on our Bush Telegraph newsletter page.

At the end of 2022, the United Nations held a global Biodiversity Conference (COP15). Its aim was to halt and reverse worldwide nature loss. The conference addressed unsustainable practices from pollution to over-exploitation of resources, agreed global targets and sought to ensure that finance was available to back environmentally sustainable initiatives through the newly created Global Biodiversity Fund. It also commended and shared best practice.

The IUCN Green List is the global gold standard for nature conservation that meets 21st-century environmental challenges in a way that is fair, effective and respectful of local communities. It’s a demanding set of assessment criteria, so we were thrilled when, at COP15, North Luangwa National Park in Zambia was awarded Green List status for conservation excellence – one of only 61 protected areas meeting the mark globally. Chosen as a beacon to showcase long-term, successful conservation results for both people and nature, it’s a huge accolade for the dedicated conservation team in this wild and beautiful park.

From supporting the creation of a micro-finance system for eco-friendly community businesses to ensuring the ongoing protection of Zambia’s only black rhino population – which currently has one of the highest growth rates in Africa – and the country’s largest elephant population, the North Luangwa Conservation Project certainly has a proven track record in successful conservation outcomes and positive community development.

Known simply as “North Park” in Zambia, the region is veined with tributaries of the Luangwa River that hug its eastern fringe and, like South Luangwa, remains inaccessible for six months of the year. But when it is open, the privileged few who venture here can stay in its clutch of simple, intimate camps, and explore 4,636km² of untamed land, largely on foot, in the company of seasoned guides. For adventures and wilderness enthusiasts, it’s absolute magic!

Check out the Giraffe Safari incorporating Mwaleshi and Takwela camps in North Luangwa and Tafika in South Luangwa – a terrific trip to experience this fabulously remote and beautiful corner of Zambia with a guiding team who know the environment and the project’s conservationists well.

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