Strengthening Management Effectiveness and Generating Multiple Environmental Benefits Within and Around Protected Areas in Zambia
About the Project
To ensure that the biodiversity and carbon sinks of Zambia – particularly those critical forest landscapes in selected protected areas (including core National Parks and buffer Game Management Areas) – are better protected from threats through improved management effectiveness at the institutional level; sustainable forestry management practices and integrated land use planning at the local level; and application of appropriate low-carbon, biomass- energy technologies.
This will be achieved through:
Improving the management effectiveness and financial sustainability of core areas of the PA system (biodiversity)
- Expansion of core PAs through increased protection e.g. Partnership Park, Game Reserve
- Reduction in wildfires, poaching, illegal harvesting of wood products,
- Reduction in funding gap of PAs
- Reducing conflicting land uses in the buffer zone Game Management Areas (GMAs) (Land Degradation)
- Improvement in land use governance
- Controlled agriculture – reduce excessive clearing of forests
- Adoption of sustainable land management and conservation farming
- Reduce deforestation and degradation rates
- Reforestation projects
- Establishment of community woodlots supplying kilns (original proposal)
- Increasing energy efficiencies to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions in the GMAs (Climate Change)
- Improved data collection and monitoring of biomass energy and charcoal production use
- Adoption of low charcoal production technologies to reduce emissions (kilns)
- Sustainable charcoal production – viable livelihood activity
- Carbon financing pilot
Implementing Partner: ZAWA
Other stakeholders: Government ministries, the private sector, Civil Society Organisations and local and indigenous communities.
Budget: Total implementation budget up to 2015 - $612,000 (GEF $150,000, Co-Finance $462,000, UNDP $132,000 and Government in kind, $330,000)
Accomplishments: Project implementation will begin once the project document has been developed. A consultant has been contracted to develop project document.