Management of Village Action Groups (VAGs)

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

The Wildlife Act (Act no 14 of 2015) provides for Community Resource Boards (CRBs) to be formed. The CRBs are constituted from representatives from the Village Action Groups (VAGs). CRBs are responsible for community management of wildlife and other natural resources within their chiefdom. In most cases, a CRB covers a large area, and it would be difficult for a single committee to represent or interact with all the community members in the area. To address this, Chiefdoms are divided into zones which are referred to as VAGs.

A village action group consists of all the members living in a zone within the CRB. The village action group carries out community activities in that area in coordination with the CRB.