The Lower Zambezi REDD+ project protects 39,000 hectares of threatened valuable Miombo forest from deforestation. It is one of the last intact areas of forest land within Lusaka Province where deforestation rates are 11 times higher than the national average. It provides a vital buffer to the adjacent Lower Zambezi National Park which also includes the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.

Working closely with surrounding communities, this project aims at transforming the wide-spread unsustainable land use practices in the area. It does so by directly tackling the poverty-driven causes of deforestation. A primary objective is to improve agricultural practices by boosting yields while conserving soils and diversifying production. Activities include crop rotation, erosion control, soil fertility improvements, as well as the establishment of small agro-businesses, such as small-scale livestock and poultry production.

Evidencing its exceptional local benefits, the project has been awarded triple-gold certification under the highly regarded Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standard – the first and only initiative in Africa, and only the second in the world, to be awarded this highest level of recognition.

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Key Facts

Zambia, Rufunsa District
Project type:
Verified Carbon Standard & CCBS
Project Start Date:
October 2009

Total Emission Reductions:
210,000t CO2 p.a.

Sustainable Development – The Sustainable Development Goals

While focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all our projects also generate multiple co-benefits. These are supportive of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

By supporting this project you’ll contribute to the following SDGs:

No poverty: The project provides transformational poverty alleviation benefits by introducing improved agricultural methods, sustainably increasing yields and diversifying crops. This improves local nutrition and creates additional income. It also produces ecocharcoal creating additional jobs and income, and directly employs local people.

Good health and well-being: The project supplies local clinics with scarce materials and solar lighting, significantly improving operation. By drilling new wells, the project provides improved access to clean drinking water, reducing the risk of water-borne diseases.

Life on land:The protected forest provides valuable habitat for threatened species, such as lions, leopards and sable and roan antelopes. Additional benefits from avoiding deforestation include reduced soil erosion and improved water availability through the protection of watersheds.