Luangwa Community Forests Project
The Luangwa River is a pivotal lifeline for some of the richest forest areas in the entirety of Africa. The wide valley is predominantly flat; only on its edges is the valley partly bounded by steep-sloping ridges. Not only does this particular topography present breathtaking beauty in the landscape, it also inhibits the migration of animals in the valley and thus keeps population density in the area high. The Luangwa Valley is home to elephants, leopards, lions and wild dogs. Many species such as the Cookson-Gnu or the Thornicroft-Giraffe are endemic species and can only be found in the Luangwa area.
Through the Luangwa Community Forests Project, BioCarbon Partners and First Climate contribute to conserving this unique ecosystem and protecting it from deforestation. The method to this is fighting poverty, which forces many people to cut down trees for firewood or to clear forest areas for agricultural uses. In close collaboration with locals in the area, BioCarbon Partners develops projects to generate alternative incomes, such as the production and sale of sustainably sourced honey and through this, incentivizes voluntary commitment to forest conservation for locals. Around 69,000 people in the project region will benefit from these activities.
The Luangwa Community Forests Project protects a forest area of around 766,000 hectares, which directly borders the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia’s eastern province. In a second development phase, the conservation area will be expanded to over 3 million hectares, making the project one of the largest REDD+ projects in the world. The annual emission reductions of CO2 equivalent equal to around 700,000 tons
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