Function of The Kasanka Trust
The Kasanka Trust in Zambia is incorporated as a non-profit charitable institution with tax exemption. It has a board of 7 honorary trustees who meet in Lusaka and take responsibility for all aspects of planning and policy making.
The Zambian Trust has responsibility for Park management, community development, and tourism under the terms of the management agreement with the government. Implementation in the Park is through a Park Manager, Community Relations Officer, Projects Coordinator and a team of around 90 locally employed staff.
The Kasanka Trusts in the UK and The Netherlands (http://www.kasanka.nl/) are registered charities, both with a board of trustees. They are primarily concerned with fundraising for activities in Zambia. They also assist with expert advice and procurement of equipment from time to time.
All three trusts operate with minimal administrative expenditure, relying on trustees and volunteers giving their time free. With interest and tax incentives, 100% of money raised is spent directly in the field on conservation and community development.
Responsibilities of The Kasanka Trust
The Kasanka Trust was formed to bring effective management to Kasanka National Park and thereby protect the flora and fauna in as natural a state as possible. By developing infrastructure and tourism the aim is to make the Park self-sustaining and bring benefits to the local community. The Trust promotes education and research in wildlife conservation and supports rural development schemes in the adjacent community. The funding for these activities comes from a number of sources, including foreign governments, charities, individual supporters and tourists.
The ultimate goals of Kasanka Trust are to secure the future of biodiversity in Kasanka National Park, funded through tourism revenue, and to sustain as well as stimulate the local economy through improved natural resource management.
The Trust is also keen to expand its area of influence and specifically assist the management of the Bangweulu Wetlands and Lavushi Manda National Park.