Guidance on Reporting Requirements for CRBs

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

The Wildlife Act No 14 of 2015 provides for local level governance structures to support the implementation of the Act and provides for Community Resources Boards (CRBs). A CRB is formed by the elected leaders from the Villages Action Groups (VAGs).

The Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) is responsible for the implementation of these community-based governance structures.

CRBs are responsible for community management of wildlife resources in Game Management Areas (GMAs) and Open Areas. Communities are given conditional rights to manage wildlife and to
benefit from its management through co-management mechanism with government.

In order for a CRB to be formed, communities have to meet certain requirements. Once formed, CRBs are required to develop systems for accountability and good governance. One such requirement is reporting.

The Board superintends on the day to day running and administration of the CRB and is responsible for implementing decisions on behalf of community of the Chiefdom. However, where CRBs have resources, they constitute a Secretariat with full time staff to undertake the administrative functions of the Board. The Board is supported by the Secretariat in carrying out the general responsibilities of the CRB which includes ensuring compliance with laws and regulations. The Board is also responsible for making sure that all the required reporting is done.

Reporting is a written or spoken account of something which has been seen, heard, or done.