The main objective of the project is to strengthen the enabling frameworks and capacities for managing the National Protected Areas System that have biodiversity conservation as a principle objective.
The project aims to develop and put in place appropriate policy, regulatory and governance frameworks in order to provide new tools for public/ community/ private/ civil society Protected Area management partnerships. It also aims at strengthening and enhancing the existing institutional capacities for improved improved Protected Areas representation, monitoring and evaluation and business and investment planning as well as expanding the availability options for private-public-community-civil society management partnerships through field testing.
The project envisages to make Zambia a tourism destination of choice based on a national Protected Areas System comprising a represntative sample of Zambia's ecosystems that are effectively safeguarded from human-induced pressures through management partnerships that contribute not only to economic development, but similarly, rural development.
The project concept is nested within the framework of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) for the Republic of Zambia.