• Community Leaders Network of Southern Africa

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  • CLN: fostering transformative change and adaptive management in southern Africa.

    Community Leaders Network is a collaborative grouping of rural representatives from Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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“We are the custodians of our natural resources and the key to its sustainability. Our voices matter”

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Our Work

Social media training

Social media training

The CLN is embarking on a social media training programme that will hone their skills and confidence to amplify their voices and share their perspectives by engaging in and responding to issues raised and debated on social media platforms that matter to their communities. The intensive theoretical and practical training will take place over a period of six weeks. Expect to hear more local voices on issues of conservation, biodiversity, sustainable use and sustainable livelihoods in current global debates.

Video series production

Video series production

Following on from the success of the Let Africans Decide video which covered the ‘Open Letter to Celebrities’, a series is being produced on a range of topics, each addressing different resource management ‘themes’ relating to sustainable natural resource management and local livelihoods that affect CLN member communities. The second in the series on the topic of rights, resources and opening space for engagement from different perspectives, featuring Zimbabwean conservationist Dr Moreangels Mbizah was recently launched.

COVID-19 impacts rapid assessment

COVID-19 impacts rapid assessment

A data collection process is being undertaken in all CLN member countries to determine interventions required to cushion communities and conservation in Southern African countries affected by the devastating impacts of COVID19 at household level. Its focus is on communities and households dependent on wildlife and tourism-related economic activities.



Where We Work

  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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Our Executive Members

Dr Rodgers Lubilo, Chairperson

Dr Lubilo is the Board Chairperson of Zambia CBNRM Forum. He is a regional CBNRM governance specialist in Southern Africa and…

Charles Jonga, Vice Chairperson

Charles Jonga is the Director of the Community Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE), which is run by district…

Maxi Pia Louis, Secretary

Maxi Pia Louis has dedicated more than three decades to community based natural resources management (CBNRM) working with government structures…

Vilio T. Muunda, Coordinator

Based in Windhoek, Namibia, Vilio Muunda is the Community Leaders Network Coordinator. In addition to being a climate change ambassador,…

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