At Chiawa Camp “conservation” is not just a word but a way of life.
Life in camp
- camp designed and built to the code of Environmental Council of Zambia and Zambia Wildlife Authority
- use of renewable materials in its construction, all natural materials locally purchased.
- considerate design of the camp which blends in with the environment rather than making a statement to stand out against it
- strict trash in/trash out policy
- 24 volt silent inverter power for camp to reduce fossil fuel dependence by 30%
- low energy light bulbs throughout to reduce fossil fuel usage
- provision of personal aluminium water bottles to all guests to reduce consumption of plastic water bottles which resulted in a reduction of waste by approx. 3000 plastic water bottles in 2009
- replacing of 2 stroke outboard boat motors to 4 stroke, reducing emissions and fossil fuel consumption by 50%
- use of recycled paper in all printing of promotional materials
Responsible activities, guests’ education
- considerate guiding; wildlife is observed not influenced or interfered with by Chiawa Camp’s presence. Off road driving is kept to a minimum
- Chiawa Camp designed code of ethics and safari guide training manual for all LZ safari guides in order to ensure more competent and appropriate guiding by all LZ guides
- sensitive interaction of the camp, its owners and employees/guides with the habitat and wildlife of the LZ
- guests are introduced to local, relevant principles of ecology & conservation so they leave empowered and with knowledge that their visit has been "part of the solution, not part of the problem".
- offering non-motorised activities such as walks and canoeing to reduce emissions and fossil fuel usage
- first operator to practice catch & release sport angling and subsequently successfully lobbied government to impose a ban on the killing of any fish species in the LZNP - this is a noteworthy conservation success