BangweuluWetlands • Zambia

The Bangweulu Wetlands project falls within the community-owned Bangweulu and Chikuni game management areas. Located in the Zambezian biome in north-eastern Zambia, Bangweulu is one of Africa’s most spectacular and important wetland systems, featuring vast and sparsely populated swamps, floodplains, lakes and miombo woodland. Not only is it home to a number of threatened species, it is also an essential resource for local communities who live within it and depend on its supply of fish and meat for their survival. By restoring and protecting this ecosystem and ensuring the sustainable advancement of the livelihoods of the people dependent upon it, Bangweulu has the potential to emerge as a leading example of a community-driven conservation project where the inextricably linked interests of both the local people and wildlife are served. 

Bangweulu National Park,In the upper Congo River Basin in north-eastern Zambia lies one of Africa's greatest wetland systems – Bangweulu Wetlands. Bangweulu is a local word meaning "where the water meets the sky” reflecting the vast, seasonally inundated stretches of untouched wilderness. The broader Bangweulu system includes Lake Bangweulu and other adjoining smaller lakes, floodplains and swamps, termitaria woodlands and extensive areas of pristine Miombo woodland to be found adjacent to the seasonally flooded grassland. The Chambeshi and Luapula Rivers, which are the main southern tributaries of the massive Congo River rise in the area. Bangweulu is home to considerable numbers of the endemic black lechwe. It is also an important breeding area for the shoebill, one of Africa's enigmatic ornithological assets.

Bangweulu Wetlands Project

African Parks Network

PO Box 450098