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A recycling point for cardboard and paper has been opened at the national office, off Los Angeles Boulevard. This is used by APTERS, Appropriate Paper Technology Group based in the University Teaching Hospital grounds. This group of people affected by polio make brightly painted wares that can be seen for sale at the Craft Fair in Kabulonga on the last Saturday of every month. Recently Kenneth Habaalu and Darius Banda from APTERS assisted a Lusaka Chongololo Club group to make a papier mache tree for one of the floats used to commemorate World Environment Day on June 5.
A fund-raising event held at Green Acres in aid of the societys on-going campaign to protect forest reserve No. 27 generated K2 million . The lecture evenings continued with a talk by Hugh Carruthers on the formation of copper ore.
As we near the onset of the rains, Lusaka Branch, in conjunction with Lusaka City Council, will embark upon a street tree-planting programme on selected road reserves in the city. Trees available from council nurseries include Bauhinia petersiana, Cassia siamea, Delonix regia and Trichilia emetica.
Although these trees and supervision by the council will be given freely, the labour to plant and tend these saplings, fuel and a bowser to water the trees for their first dry season will be needed. If you are interested in helping out or are just curious, contact the National Office for more information. Help plant a tree and make Lusaka look pretty.
The Livingstone Branch of the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia held its Annual General Meeting on April 22 2006 at the Livingstone Museum Education Hall. In spite of the publicity, only eight members turned up. Five other members gave apologies.
The chairman, Mike Musgrave, gave a report of the societys activities over the past year, saying that he felt that the branch had been very successful in addressing its aims during that period.
Member activities: Activities achieved for members included:
1) Two outings and four lectures;
2) Two issues of the branch newsletter;
3) Setting up of a society desk at African Visions, with brochures and other society information.
Despite these activities, the chairman said the branch had not managed to attract a lot of members. There was a need for a stronger membership drive in the coming year.
The branch had interacted with four schools and taken a total of 65 children to the game park. Transport had been provided free by local tour operators, while free entry to the park had been provided by the Zambia Wildlife Authority.
Environmental and Conservation Activities
The branch had been involved with the baboon problem at Sun Hotel, the issue of the proposed introduction of lion breeding in Livingstone and with Birdlife Africa through its Important Bird Areas programme.
One of the most ambitious goals, the project had not really taken off, although a lot of articles had been collected for the proposed popular and scientific journal. Meanwhile, Lusaka Branch was reviving the Black Lechwe magazine, and the Zambezi Society was interested in collaboration on a scientific journal.
National Executive Committee Meetings
The chairman had attended most of the National EXCO meetings in Lusaka over the past year. The main issues addressed were the leasing arrangements of society property around Chipata branch, the financial position of the society, the electing of a new national chairman, George Allison, and the formation of a Lusaka Branch.
Involvement in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA): The branch had become involved with projects within the KAZA TFCA. This involvement had raised the profile of the society and meant that the branch was now directly involved at national level in determining environmental policy. A memorandum of understanding was about to be concluded between WECSZ (Livingstone) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF).
Application for funding from the British Ecological Society (BES): The branch had submitted a proposal for a five-year budget to fund an office and contact centre for a sub-group of ecologists to be formed within the society. The money, if received, would be used for the society to set up an office, employ someone part-time and buy the basic equipment needed to run an office.
The chairman stated that it had been a very busy year for the branch, and probably the most successful in a long time. He thanked everyone for the huge amount of work done by everyone during the year.
Clare Mateke presented the financial report on behalf of the treasurer. The branch had opened its financial year with K1,645,219 in the bank. Total income was K3,206,820, and total expenditure came to K2,491,408. This gave a surplus income of K715,412. The closing balances in the bank and cash amounted to K2,360,631. Payment of 50 per cent of membership dues for 2005 and 2006 to head office were still outstanding. This was due to changing treasurer several times and delays in sorting out the bank account.
General Comments: A few members commented that the year had been good and there had been good commitment from almost everyone.
Elections: Many of the same officers were elected back into office, although there were a few changes. The election results were as follows:
Chairperson: Mike Musgrave; vice chairperson: Ali Shenton; secretary: Clare Mateke; treasurer: Becks Whitefield; education officer: Mea Norman. Committee members:Bob Stjernstedt, Nicholas Chooma, Stuart Norman, Mrs Manyanina, Namutabo Situmbeko, Mulyokela Kalaluka, Alan Sparrow.
Remarks by the incoming chairperson: Mike Musgrave said that although his time was still limited, he had enjoyed working with the society and was very keen to continue. He said there was need for more emphasis on membership and to refocus the branchs activities.
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