CRB Roles and Responsibilities

Zambia Community-Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) Governance Manuals

The Wildlife Act No. 14 of 2015 describes the structure of a Community Resources Board (CRB) and how representation from the Village Action Groups (VAGs) combines to form the CRB. It also describes the function of the CRBs and the legal requirements that need to be met.

The governance and operations of the CRB are determined by the Constitution of the CRB which outlines the details of the rules by which the CRB will operate as well as the roles and responsibilities of the Board members, the Secretariat and the membership. The Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) provides the regulatory oversight to the CRBs, ensuring their roles are performed in accordance with the Act and the CRB Constitution.

Some of the designated roles within the Board are linked to the roles and responsibilities of members of the Secretariat. The VAG members also have rights and obligations that contribute to the successful functioning of the CRB.

In this booklet, the various roles and responsibilities within and associated with a CRB will be described. Through the election process, the community members place their trust in the members of the Board and thus have expectations of the Board members to deliver on their responsibilities.

A role is a position or purpose that a person has within an organization.

A responsibility is a duty that a person has made a commitment to doing or is accountable for.

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