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SWM Project

The project supports the development of a network of community conservancies (CCs) to improve ecological connectivity and socio-economic sustainability in the Kavango-Zambezi (KaZa) landscape, the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area (TFCA).

In Botswana, the project is being implemented in the Habu Community Wildlife Conservancy, which is located in the communal livestock grazing areas of western Ngamiland. This area is also part of the KaZa Khaudum-Ngamiland Wildlife Dispersal Area (WDA), connecting northeast Namibia with northern Botswana. In Namibia, the Project involves 13 community-based organizations, including 12 CCs and the Kyaramacan Association in Bwabwata National Park. The sites are found within key transboundary wildlife corridors in the KaZa landscape, which help protect the free movement of wildlife populations among the five countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola).


  • Covering nearly 520,000 km2, the Kavango-Zambesi (KAZA) landscape is the largest transboundary conservation area in the world.
  • Community Conservancies (CC) are legally recognised, geographically defined areas established by communities that have united to manage and benefit from wildlife and natural resources. 
  • The CC model relies on principles of good governance. We work on the ground to promote good leadership, and at the national level to develop a clear, legal and regulatory framework to guide how CCs should run their operations in a transparent and participatory way.
  • The SWM Programme has partnered with Wild Entrust Africa (WEA) in Botswana and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Namibia to develop and strengthen a network of CCs in the KAZA region, expanding the Programme's pre-existing activities in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Map of the SWM activities in Botswana and Namibia
The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers and boundaries.





SWM CC Newsletter - Issue 4 (September 2023 to February 2024)

Sustainable wildlife management project in the KAZA...

Local component of transboundary community...

La FAO et l'AFD lance un projet de gestion...(in French)

New project to boost sustainable wildlife management...

SWM Community Conservancy Project leaflet