Addressing natural resources and development planning
The Petauke District Land Alliance (PDLA) is a Zambian civil society organization advancing community rights to land and natural resources. Since 2016, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), PDLA has documented individual and community land rights in Petauke and Lusangazi Districts. This work is critical in resolving long-standing tensions over customary and state rights within a former resettlement area and in promoting improved planning in one of Zambia’s largest game management areas adjacent to South Luangwa National Park. PDLA’s partnership with district councils brings together customary chiefs, communities, and line ministries to make informed decisions on land use and the management of natural resources.