Facilitator’s Guide for Training Community Resource Boards in Zambia

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

To provide for local level governance structures to support the implementation of the Wildlife Act (2015) and the National Parks and Wildlife Policy (2018), provision is made for Community Resources Boards (CRBs) that are responsible for community management of Game Management Areas (GMAs) or Open Areas. GMAs are buffer zones around national parks where multiple land uses are permitted including settlement and crop cultivation among other activities. The Boards are constituted by elected Village Action Group (VAG) executive members as representatives of the community living within the Chiefdom and once elected, they need to fulfil the responsibilities allocated to them.

As soon as possible after a new Board is constituted, the Board members should be given induction training. Induction training will provide them with an overview of the functioning of the CRB and its responsibilities as well as the requirements for compliance with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) regulations. The induction training provides the new Board with the knowledge they need to deliver on their roles.

The purpose of this Facilitator’s Guide (FG) is to provide guidance to those responsible for providing induction training to the new Board.