The Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Program will focus on Zambia’s Luangwa valley, specifically in the overlapping regions of the Eastern and Muchinga provinces. The goal of the program is to promote reduced greenhouse gas emissions from the land sector in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, while simultaneously improving rural livelihoods and wildlife conservation. It aims to operate for 10 years (2015-2024) and will achieve on average emission reductions of 3.5 million tCO2e/year (35 million tCO2e in total). In total, the program is expected to cover 6 million hectares. Of this, improved sustainable land management practices will be targeted in approximately 5 million hectares of land, and 1.1 million hectares of threatened intact forest will be targeted for protection through the implementation of verifiable REDD+ activities. Initially, program activities will be planned and implemented in the Eastern Province, with successful activities potentially being scaled up subsequently in other neighboring provinces.
Both sustainable agriculture and REDD+ related activities will be implemented on croplands, including a combination of customary (community) and private croplands; community conservation areas and Game Management Areas (GMAs) and other protected areas, according to internationally recognized methodologies and standards. Program activities will be implemented through a consortium of strongly committed and experienced partners, including local and national government, private sector, international agencies and NGOs and CSOs, as well as strong partnerships with local communities. Improved rural livelihoods will be derived from better land management (development of non-timber forest products, tourism, game ranching, eco-charcoal and alternative energy solutions, and agricultural-based incentive payments for conservation compliance.
This program has four major “pillars” of focus, including: (1) Increased Carbon Stocks (2) Poverty Reduction (3) Institutional Strengthening (4) Biodiversity Conservation -
The Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Program will be designed within the country's broader development agenda, known as the Vision 2030, which aims to make Zambia a “prosperous middle-income country by 2030” with guidance from the Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP). The program will help develop key rural development components of the SNDP such as the Climate Changes Response Strategy and the National REDD+ Strategy. The program will provide overall guidance on actions to be undertaken in key sectors such as agriculture, energy and land use more broadly, as well as guidance on thematic issues such as incentives, financing, benefit sharing, safeguards, carbon rights, conflict management, measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems, and Reference Emission Levels/Reference Levels, amongst others. With guidance from the national REDD+ strategy, the subnational jurisdictional REDD+ model will serve as a platform, reference, and pilot for jurisdictional REDD+ adaptation, replication and expansion throughout Zambia.
ISFL programs are designed to build on existing REDD+ strategies and action plans. The Zambia program benefits from REDD+ readiness activities in place at the country-level through the UN-REDD program in Zambia.