Since Zambia’s independence in 1964, the United States has provided close to $4 billion to support the country’s economic, political and social development and to respond to major crises, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and periodic droughts. This support has helped Zambia achieve dramatic improvements in some welfare indicators, such as life expectancy (52 years up from 39 in 2002) and maternal mortality (398 per 100,000 births, down from 729 in 2002).
USAID assistance in Zambia focuses on: (1) improving the health of all Zambians, with a particular focus on women and vulnerable children; (2) reducing the incidence and impact of HIV/AIDS and other illnesses; (3) increasing agriculture-led economic development to reduce rural poverty and food insecurity; (4) mitigating climate change and environmental risks; (5) raising education quality and learner performance; and (6) advancing civil society, governance, and public service delivery. USAID is funding $14 million five-year Community Forests Program, enabling BCP develop and implement its Luangwa-Zambezi REDD+ Project.https://www.usaid.gov/
BioCarbon Group Pte Ltd is a leading international investor in land based carbon mitigation activities that offer transformational environmental and development benefits. With projects located in Africa, Asia, Australia and South America, the BioCarbon Group partners with experienced local project partners. Its shareholders include Global Forest Partners LP, the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Macquarie Bank of Australia. BCP has signed a multi-year Investment Agreement with the BioCarbon Group to support the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project, Zambia’s first pilot REDD+ project, which BCP is implementing. Funding from this investment will be directed towards strengthening community livelihood activities, forest and biodiversity protection, carbon verification activities, credit marketing, and collaboration with Government.
The Department of National Parks and Wildlife, formerly known as Zambia Wildlife Authority, is mandated under the Zambia Wildlife Act of 2015 to manage and conserve Zambia’s wildlife; its national parks and game management areas, which cover 31 percent of the country’s land mass. The Department of National Parks and Wildlife endeavours to integrate the wildlife policy with economic, environmental and social policies to ensure effective contribution to sustainable national development. BCP and Department of National Parks and Wildlife have signed an Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate, develop and implement REDD+ Zones in ecosystems adjacent or including protected areas.
The Forestry Department of the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection is responsible for the management of forest resources in Zambia. The Forestry Department’s mandate includes management of state forest reserves and the enforcement of national regulations related to the use and harvesting of forest resources on state and customary lands. Other functions include: providing guidelines and supervision for the management, restoration and establishment of forests, as well as facilitating and regulating forest industries, providing extension services and research. The Forestry Department is the main implementing body of REDD+ activities in Zambia. As such BCP works very closely with the Forestry Department in all stages of its REDD+ project development and implementation through a signed Memorandum of Understanding.
Conservation Lower Zambezi is a Zambian non-profit organisation committed to the conservation and sustainable use of the local wildlife and natural resources of the Lower Zambezi ecosystem. Conservation Lower Zambezi focuses on three areas of work: a) wildlife protection – assisting Department of National Parks and Wildlife anti-poaching patrol deployments and training, as well as supporting a local Community Resource Board Village Scout unit; b) environmental education through school outreach and visits to the Conservation Lower Zambezi environmental education centre; and c) supporting local community development projects, especially human wildlife conflict mitigation. Conservation Lower Zambezi and BCP collaborate on law enforcement and conservation management of the area.
Musika is an independent Zambian non-profit company affiliated to the Zambia National Farmers Union and is supported by the Swedish Embassy in Zambia to provide world-class business development services to Zambia’s agricultural markets to deepen and broaden the impact of economic growth to all levels of rural society. While Musika works with all stakeholders in the agricultural market, its primary clients are the private sector entities in the agricultural market system – ranging from multinational corporations to micro-entrepreneur service providers – that are committed to working with the rural poor as their suppliers, consumers, clients or employees. Through technical support and a range of smart, catalytic investments, Musika stimulates and deepens commercial market engagement with the rural poor and seeks to fundamentally change the way agricultural markets benefit the
Bee Sweet Ltd. is a premier producer and supplier of 100% pure honey in Zambia. They work to empower individuals by creating economic opportunities while taking care of the environment by instituting processes that save trees and bees. Bee Sweet’s mission is to provide a business alternative to charity and a sustainable source of income for rural people in Zambia. In partnership with BCP, Bee Sweet aims to expand the income opportunities for farmer partners by training people in beekeeping and honey production. This is changing the lives of thousands of Zambians and their families.
Maliasili Initiatives is a US-registered non-profit organization that supports the growth, development and performance of leading civil society organizations and social enterprises working to advance sustainable natural resource management practices in Africa. Through long-term and adaptive organizational development services, targeted bridge financing, and technical expertise, Maliasili Initiatives helps its partners achieve their full potential and scale up their impact – for people and nature.
Formed in 2003 with a vision to help conserve the South Luangwa ecosystem, CSL has been working since then with DNPW and local Community Resource Boards to protect the wildlife of Luangwa by working closely with communities. In the thirteen years since its formation, CSL has grown from a handful of dedicated individuals to a major stakeholder in Zambian conservation. CSL supports fifty six village scouts who conduct anti-poaching patrols in conjunction with DNPW, operates a conservation/research aircraft for monitoring and law enforcement, has implemented Zambia’s first canine unit to reduce the illegal trade in wildlife trafficking, runs a wildlife and domestic veterinary program to immobilize and treat snared or injured animals, and also runs an extensive human wildlife conflict mitigation program.
LSA represents operators in the non-consumptive wildlife tourism sector, in and around South Luangwa National Park. Its aim is to support sustainable and responsible tourism development, create employment and conserve the natural resources of the Luangwa Valley, that member’s businesses rely on, for generations to come. LSA works with local, regional and international partners to further this aim and has strong ties to NGOs who work in support of social infrastructure, communities and conservation, DNPW, Ministry of Tourism and Arts and the Zambian Tourism Board. LSA has represented the tourism sector for 20 years.
PPF facilitates the establishment of trans-frontier conservation areas (peace parks) and develops human resources, thereby supporting sustainable economic development, the conservation of biodiversity and regional peace and stability. The southern African region is currently host to 18 peace parks, with PPF actively involved in the establishment and development of ten of them covering one million square kilometres.
Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, program management, construction management and technical services worldwide. Tetra Tech is a diverse company including individuals with expertise in science, research, engineering, construction, and information technology. Its strength is in collectively providing integrated services and solutions to its clients. Tetra Tech’s innovative, sustainable solutions help its clients address their water, environment, energy, infrastructure, and resource management challenges. Tetra Tech assists BCP in implementation of the USAID-funded Community Forests Program through provision of administrative and financial capacities.
Natural Balance SA: BCP is in very advanced discussions to become Wonderbag’s preferred partner in Africa. Wonderbag is a commercial product made by Natural Balance Ltd. that reduces a family’s fuel use by 30% (http://nb-wonderbag.com/). Wonderbag has received 5 million orders and is rapidly growing. BCP and Wonderbag’s partnership would revolve around the construction of simple eco-factories in REDD projects which hire community women to manufacture Wonderbags for local and regional markets. Wonderbag has investment capital to build ecofactories, a distribution network and would provide training.
NCRC, is a leading conservation NGO spanning West and East Africa. NCRC has over 5 years of on-the-ground experience in various aspects of developing REDD+ and agricultural carbon projects. NCRC has worked for many years supporting rural communities, traditional leadership and farmers in building local institutions to access payments for ecosystem services. In particular, NCRC has led the process in Ghana to highlight the opportunities that carbon finance represents for a more sustainable cocoa sector and is now advising a similar process in coffee landscapes of the Ethiopian highlands. The Centre has also established independent and professionally managed trust funds for handling community conservation revenues and benefits related to PES schemes. Members of NCRC’s team serve on the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Technical Advisory Panel, the UN-REDD Programme External Review Committee and National REDD Technical Committees in Ghana. NCRC’s team have carried out numerous technical trainings, carbon stock assessment missions, carbon mappings, REDD+ project pre-feasibility studies and the earliest REDD+ Project Idea Notes completed in Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia.