UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

About the project:

About the project: UN-REDD Programme – Zambia Quick Start Initiative aims to prepare Zambian institutions and stakeholders for effective nationwide implementation of the REDD+ mechanism. The NJP is facilitated by the Forestry Department within the Ministry of Mines and Natural Resources. It is funded through the Multi-Donor Trust Fund. The fund management is a pass-through mechanism, which distributes technical and financial responsibilities among the participating UN Organizations (UNDP, FAO and UNEP). As a pilot country, Zambia is expected to develop a National Strategy (an Action Plan) to reduce deforestation. Furthermore, the country has to develop a national forest reference emission level; a  robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of the REDD + activities; and  a system for providing information on how local community and forest biodiversity safeguards are being addressed during the implementation of the REDD+ activities. The programme also works to build international awareness and consensus about the importance of including REDD+ in any future climate change agreements. The Cancun Agreements reached in 2010 set out in some detail the sequence of preparatory steps that developing countries must follow. Tailored to each country’s circumstances, these steps envisage a National Action Plan, its implementation and eventual full-scale operation when it must be possible to monitor and verify progress by reference to a baseline rate of deforestation.

Implementing Partner: Forest Department


Accomplishments to-date include: 

Awareness raising/convening/Brokering: The REDD+ readiness process in Zambia has placed emphasis on developing local-level structures for awareness raising, capacity development and dialogue. Review meeting and training sessions have been conducted in 9 provinces of Zambia. The training of provincial officials and local practitioners in broad REDD+ issues led to the , crafting of ‘provincial facilitation teams for climate change and REDD+’ in each of the country's provinces, allowing Zambia an innovative and pioneer of decentralized approach to REDD+.

Implementation for inclusive development: Capacity to manage REDD+ Readiness has been strengthened through the establishment of a National REDD+ Coordination Unit. Four National officers have been seconded to the Unit; an international MRV Technical Advisor; an Administrative assistant and the international REDD Technical Advisor (TA) have been recruited.The Common Steering Committee and Technical committee for two major UN programmes related to the forest (namely ILUA-II and UN-REDD), have been established in order to enhance collaborative approach. Coordination/collaboration between the   two programmes has been enhanced, and as a result duplication has been reduced.

Support to national assessment, budgeting, planning and policy making: The proposed forest bill and the revised forestry policy which the UN-REDD programme has supported have pro-participatory approaches in sustainable forest management. The strategies for the National Forestry Policy encourages partnerships between state agencies, local communities and individuals in order to resolve natural resource conflicts through dialogue among key stakeholders and to enhance ownership, governance and equitable benefit sharing arising from the sustainable management of forest resources.   

Studies: The programme has conducted studies on Forest Management Practices with Potential for REDD+ in Zambia, stakeholder assessment and engagement and Preliminary study on drivers of deforestation. The reports will be used for training and development of strategic options for REDD implementation.

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