Integrated Ecosystem Management in Serenje District in the Luangwa Valley
The project is entitled Integrated Ecosystem Management in Serenje District in the Luangwa Valley. It is targeting 600 households in the valley area of Chisomo, Chimbaya and Kaombe.

This intervention in the valley was necessitated due to the unsustainable lifestyle of people in the targeted area which is mostly poaching followed by peasant farming using poor traditional methods like Chitemene system (cut tree branches and burning) and intensive fishing using unorthodox methods ( river poisoning and blasting).
The area is arid and has two extreme kinds of weather patterns that cause drought and floods. People farm along the banks of the Rivers Lukusashi, Luangwa and surrounding streams where there is rich alluvial soil using chemical fertilizers, but when these rivers and streams flood (annually) crops are washed away. Chemical fertilizers are used in the production of these crops. These chemical fertilizers destroy the soil fertility and when washed into the river the chemicals pollute the river affecting life in the river. More over the weather pattern in the valley causes two extreme conditions in the upper land and lower land (drought and floods) . Thus, when people plant on the high lands, their crops are hi by drought and they wither away little to no harvest and when they plan on the river basin are their plants are washed away when the river bursts its banks causing flush floods. These disasters are annual occurrences in the valley. As such people in the valley are often times hit by hunger.

Because of hunger due to limited livelihood options caused by weather and geographical conditions in the area, people resort to poaching from the Luangwa South National Park and intense fishing using illegal methods. In so doing, the biodiversity of the Luangwa national park,the rivers and streams is affected and among others animals and other living organisms get depleted.
Thus, the main objective of the project is “To support communities towards ecosystem and natural resource management”.
1. To build capacity of communal group leaders and CRBs in the target communities by the end of the intervention.
2. To promote Winter wetland cultivation, conservation farming and small scale seed production (seed bank creation).
3. To carry out Campaigns on soil conservation, protective early burning and effects of deforestation.
4. To engage communities in semi intensive pastoral systems (rearing of local chickens).
5. To provide the targeted communities with Entrepreneurship skills training and linkages to markets
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Project Snapshot

Pogramme Urban Self Help (PUSH)
Area Of Work:
Multifocal Area
Operational Phase:
Phase 4
Grant Amount:
US$ 30,315.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 9,137.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
1. More than 80% of the target groups were able to understand the messages in the communication. This was proved by the community members’ participation in formal meetings and lessons and also their ability to continue discussions in their informal gatherings and homes. This activity has helped to open a platform for discussions and raising awareness on the benefit of biodiversity and natural resource conservation. 2. Community partcicipated in the production of their agriculture organic produce. The hybrid maize seed procured covered a total of 160 limas which were cultivated. Each household cultivated an average of 4 limas. Thus, 40 households benefitted from the project and their fields were intensely monitored. About 30% of the targeted households had their crops managed well resulting in an average of more than 50 bags yield per household.