The Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Program will focus on Zambia’s Eastern Province. The goal of the program is to improve landscape management and increase environmental and economic benefits for targeted rural communities and to improve Zambia’s capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency. The project aims to operate through 2030 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 5 million hectares.
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.
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 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.
Photo credit: Katie O'Gara, Zambia