In 2011, World Rowing and WWF, the World Wide Fund for Nature, began an alliance to use rowing to educate and raise awareness about freshwater. Now we have united to take action on the global freshwater issues that threaten our planet, and have identified this lower basin of the Kafue River, in Zambia, as a place in which all these challenges are faced.

Motivated by the confluence of water pressures and multiple problems on the Kafue Flats, we are creating an extraordinary multi-purpose facility on the Kafue for world-class water management research and the sport of rowing: The Kafue River & Rowing Centre.

Freshwater researchers from around the world will use the Centre to conduct research, study problems, find solutions, and share their results; and Zambia will have a high quality Centre to develop the sport of rowing. Anyone on Earth can visit the Centre “virtually” and interact with the researchers there via the Centre’s website, the interactive component of the Centre’s programme. Research will be shared openly, thus benefitting the world as a whole. The Centre in effect will become a delta, distributing the output and benefits of the project to the wider world and inspiring others to create change in their own communities. The global rowing community will be at the forefront of support for the Centre, and a group of high-profile world-class rowers will be Opinion Formers to the wider world on how we all will benefit.

This project is a unique opportunity for us to give back. World Rowing calls on all rowers, former and current, to ensure it can be built, fully-equipped and sustainably operated so that it can achieve its objectives for water research and rowing. Your support is critical.

We ask that rowers around the world make a donation towards this Centre. We want the whole world to know that rowers are serious in our commitment to Clean Water – not just for our own use, but for everyone’s benefit.

Because to help the Kafue is to help the world. 

Watch a complete narrated presentation of the project below.  


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How the Kafue plays a role in the Zambian economy