Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) manages and conserves the wildlife estates that covers 31 percent of the country's land mass, comprising of 20 national parks, 36 game management areas and a bird sanctuary. The authority, mandated under the Zambia Wildlife Act No. 12 of 1998, is committed to promoting integrated and hands-on approaches to wildlife resource management, especially in game management, reducing human and wildlife conflict.
Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) has a vital role to play in the economic development of Zambia. It contributes significantly to the economy and to the gross domestic product (GDP). ZAWA improves the quality of life among communities in wildlife estates and maintains sustainable biodiversity in national parks.
Tourism is making a substantial contribution to Zambia's economy. In 2005 alone, nature tourism contributed nearly 16 percent of the country's exports, 6.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), 7 percent of government revenues, 10 percent of formal sector employment and nearly 6 percent of wages.
Zambia Wildlife Authority focuses on reserving the decline of wildlife and to improve resource management to a level that secures sustainable flow of benefits from the resources. ZAWA also ensures that it improves the wildlife resource base investment in co-operation with the private sector and local communities.
Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) · Government authorities