Laurence Ellis documents the Barotseland region for Document's Fall/Winter 2019 issue.

See the first half of this environmental portfolio here. 

In the Barotseland, a floodplain which covers a large swatch of southwestern Zambia, centuries-old farming and fishing practices are being retooled to adapt to climate-related challenges. The Lozi, a complex language group made up of roughly 25 different peoples, have long made their home in the plains, and Lozi culture has traditionally revolved around the flood cycle of the Zambezi river. Fishing practices and farmland management have evolved to cope with unproductive or degraded cropland and diminished fishing stocks. These methods have provided a means of reviving the fertility of areas where farming techniques introduced by colonial forces resulted in semi-arid, nearly barren lands and now allow for resiliency and adaptation in the face of droughts and other irregularities triggered by global warming.

Photographer Laurence Ellis traveled to the region, as well as the Peruvian Amazon, to document the people who are on the front lines, fighting for the floodplains and all of our futures.

Photo Assistant Annabel Snoxall. Guides and Coordinators Billy Mwansa Lombe and Green Awakening Group. Editorial Intern Genevieve Shuster. Photo Intern Cam Lindfors.

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