Lower Zambezi Community Forest ProjectZambia
Zambia's forests are rapidly vanishing. The country's deforestation rate is the highest in Africa. Subsistence agriculture and the need for charcoal have resulted in steep rates of illegal and destructive tree cutting.
The Lower Zambezi Community Forest Project is helping farming communities in Zambia to improve their livelihoods, protect disappearing forests and create a sanctuary for threatened wildlife. Located approximately 120 km southeast of Zambia's capital city Lusaka, the project protects one of the last intact areas of forested land within Lusaka Province. It provides a vital buffer to the adjacent Lower Zambezi National Park and is part of a globally significant conservation area which also includes a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. Purchasing a Stand For Trees Certificate supports these efforts to provide alternative, sustainable livelihoods that protect the remaining forest in the area.
- Forests in this area of Zambia are particularly threatened. Deforestation rates are 11 times higher than the national average.
- The region also has exceptionally high poverty rates: 85% of the population lives on less than US$ 2 per day.
- Helps local farmers increase agricultural productivity on their land, diversify their income base, improve family nutrition, and create new jobs in the community.
- The area is habitat for some of Africa's most charismatic wildlife, including elephants, lions, antelopes, wild dogs, and other threatened species
This project helps local farmers increase agricultural productivity on their land, diversify their income base, improve family nutrition, and create new jobs in the community. Farming pilots set up by the project are providing 200 families with training and market linkages that target a doubling of food production from the land. Supporting this project by purchasing a Stand For Trees Certificate will help the project to set up village businesses, such as poultry and honey production that create sustainable long-term income for the community. Evidencing its exceptional local benefits, the project has been validated to the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB), Edition X, and has earned been awarded triple-gold status for its project design in climate change adaptation, community benefits, and biodiversity.
The project provides a vital buffer to the Lower Zambezi National Park and forms part of a globally significant trans-frontier conservation area that is home to 23,000 elephants (one of Africa's largest populations) and includes Mana Pools National Park in neighboring Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The project area also provides valuable habitat for lions, wild dogs, and locally threatened species such as sables, elands, and roan antelopes.
This project is helping to improve local schooling infrastructure, to create teachers' salaries, and to provide environmental education to villagers. It also supports local healthcare facilities and improve access to drinking water. Your support through Stand For Trees gives the community's children a fairer chance for a bright future.
The Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project has been validated and verified to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). Evidencing its exceptional local benefits, the project has been validated to the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB), and has earned triple-gold status for its project design in climate change adaptation, community benefits, and biodiversity.