Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area – Pilot Socio-Economic Survey report

Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area - Pilot Socio-Economic Survey report

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Implementing projects and interventions, that enhance the socio-economic conditions of communities is an important strategy to pursue KAZA’s vision. The KAZA Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system tracks changes in socio-economic conditions of rural communities, biodiversity, and land use & land cover in KAZA over time through the assessment of selected indicators. To assess the ultimate effectiveness of KAZA projects, it is necessary to monitor changes in local people’s livelihood assets as well as changes in their ultimate capabilities, stewardship actions, livelihood strategies and governance systems. To achieve this, innovative yet participatory monitoring methods were developed. Collecting livelihoods
data at village level provides results which, when interpreted with other data available on the KAZA M&E system, provide evidence to inform decision making and adaptive management. This report focuses on the frameworks, approaches and methods developed and tested to monitor the relationship between nature and community livelihoods in KAZA.
We address the challenge of monitoring livelihoods in an integrated manner, while
simultaneously involving and empowering local community structures to contribute to the monitoring process. We believe this enhances local people’s capacity for natural resource management and ensures their priorities, as well as those of the KAZA Secretariat, are addressed when monitoring change.

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