Protecting 748,000 hectares of forest, the Luangwa Community Forests Project is on its way to becoming one the largest REDD+ projects in Zambia.

The Luangwa Community Forests Project is supported by the USAID-funded Community Forests Program. The project is designed to benefit more than 10,000 families in Eastern and Lusaka provinces to better manage and conserve vital forests in the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi ecosystems. We are currently preparing for verification of this project.

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Your support will enable:

  • Protection of 748,000 hectares
  • Community protection of resources and management of their forests
  • Income from enterprises, increased market access and job creation
  • Improved livelihoods from social services such as honey production, conservation farming, clean drinking water and infrastructure
  • Habitat protection for elephants, wild dogs, leopards, lions and thornicroft giraffe
  • Conservation of forests spanning the vital Luangwa Valley ecosystem linking South Luangwa, Luambe, Lukusuzi and Lower Zambezi National Parks
  • Reduces emissions by an estimated 600,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year

Project currently undergoing verfication

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The Luangwa Valley ecosystem is one of the last great landscapes in Africa.

It is home to notable wildlife such as wild dogs and its most stable elephant population. It is also a key component of the Luangwa-Zambezi hydrological system.

However, this ecosystem is under threat. Significant portions of the Luangwa Valley are located in Zambia's Eastern Province, an area with one of the highest rates of deforestation in the country. We are tackling this threat by working with communities to address drivers of deforestation, by reducing poverty, creating sustainable ways to earn an income, improving livelihoods through improved social services and infrastructure, and encouraging conservation.

The Luangwa Community Forests Project is currently being funded through a USAID Cooperative Agreement. It is a five-year program expanding REDD+ activities across 748,000 hectares in Eastern Zambia. The Community Forests Program is designed to benefit at least 10,000 households and promote improved forest management activities across two million hectares in the Zambezi and Luangwa Valley ecosystems. The program is being carried out in close partnership with the Forestry Department and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.

The USAID-funded Community Forests Program runs to early 2019, providing start up financing to support the establishment of REDD+ Projects in the Zambezi and Luangwa Valley ecosystems. It is our goal for these projects to be validated, verified and self-financing from the sales of Forest Carbon Offsets by 2019.

The USAID funded Community Forests Program involves key partners such as local communities and Traditional Authorities, Government of the Republic of Zambia implementing partners such as the Forestry Department and Department of National Parks and Wildlife, NGOs and other stakeholders.

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