Kavango–Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area - KAZA TFCA


Conservation Innovation Challenge



The African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation (SOWC), in partnership with Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation (OGRC), is launching a Conservation Innovation Challenge for the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA).

The objective of the KAZA TFCA Conservation Innovation Challenge is to identify and support early-stage conservation enterprises within the KAZA TFCA (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) that operate on a for-profit basis but are not tourism-dependent. These enterprises should aim to enable local communities to derive an income from their wildlife (fauna and flora), manage their natural resources sustainably, and improve their collective well-being. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to secure a place in SOWC’s prestigious business incubator programme.

Why Participate?

Access to Resources

Selected participants will gain access to a wealth of resources, including mentorship, training, and networking opportunities with experts in the field of conservation and business development.

Business Incubation Programme

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be part of the School of Wildlife Conservation's business incubator programme, which will provide support and guidance for developing and scaling their conservation initiative.

Meeting Investors

Participants who successfully complete the programme will have the opportunity to pitch their venture before conservation-focused investors.

Community Impact

By participating in the challenge, conservation enterprises can contribute to the well-being of local communities. This includes generating income, promoting sustainable resource management, and improving collective prosperity.

Who should participate?

Geographical Focus

The conservation enterprise must operate within the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA), encompassing Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

For-Profit, Non-Tourism Focus

The enterprise should be for-profit and not primarily focused on tourism-related activities. It should instead emphasise non-tourism-based conservation initiatives.

Local Community Engangement

The enterprise should demonstrate a commitment to engaging and benefiting local communities within the KAZA TFCA. This could include initiatives that generate income and/or employment for local communities, support sustainable resource management, or enhance collective well-being.

Conservation Impact

The enterprise should have a clear and measurable impact on conservation efforts within the KAZA TFCA. This could involve biodiversity conservation, habitat restoration, climate mitigation or other relevant conservation goals.

Innovation and Sustainability

The initiative should showcase innovative approaches to conservation and demonstrate a commitment to long-term sustainability.

Alignment with KAZA TFCA Goals

The enterprise should align with the overarching goals and objectives of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, contributing positively to the conservation and sustainable development of the region.

Important Dates

Signup for Programme Info Session Webinar - 30th Octoober, 2023 from 5:00 PM EAT

Apply for the KAZA TFCA Conservation Innovation Challenge

For any inquiries please email us!