The Luangwa sustains both people and wildlife with its fertile banks and dynamic flows. It is one of Africa’s prime wildlife sanctuaries and is home to elephants, hippos, lions, carmine bee-eaters, leopards, giraffes and many other species. It is also home to many villages and communities who depend on the river.
A proposed dam at Ndevu Gorge would transform the river and effect those who depend on the South Luangwa River. The dam would create a reservoir lake reaching into South Luangwa National Park, with impacts for many kilometers upstream. The changes to the river would displace communities near the gorge, alter livelihoods, impact wildlife, and effect the tourism economy that it supports.
WWF Zambia launched a petition to Zambia’s President, His Excellency, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, to declare the Luangwa a Water Resource Protection Area as part of the campaign: