A Game Management Area (GMA) is defined as a buffer zone around a National Park within which licensed safari hunting is allowed. It is intended to be an area in which people, coexist with wildlife and as such, are permitted to undertake subsistence farming. In Zambia, the funds arising from the proceeds of hunting in GMA's are disbursed to local people through community-led boards and are spent on key infrastructure projects such as schools, health care facilities and clean water projects. Communities also benefitfrom the vital provision of meat, as a by-product of legal hunts. The Chiawa Game Management Area forms part of the Lower Zambezi Conservation Area. It lies to the west of the Lower Zambezi National Park. The area has not been hunted in 2019, but it's likely that commercial hunting will resume in the near future. Communities within the Chiawa GMA favour hunting over photographic tourism due to the significant additional benefits of meat provision, and reduction of problem animals.