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  • Jun 11, 2019

    The Government of Zambia is activating climate actions across the country to achieve its contributions to the Paris Agreement. Not only will this work protect the nation’s environment and contribute to reducing greenhouse gases worldwide, it will also provide the foundation to end poverty, hunger and inequality in a place where 6 out of 10 people still live below the poverty line and don’t make enough money to meet basic food requirements. The work starts and ends in the countryside, where climate heroes like Chief Chitambo of the Serenje District in Central Zambia are using improved climate information to inform local climate actions that will make a big difference.

  • Jan 20, 2014

    Planting a tree, learning how rain forms and playing games about the circle of life are among things that have helped many children understand and appreciate the importance of their natural surroundings.

  • Feb 1, 2018

    Aiming to tackle these issues, a UNDP-supported project – Strengthening Management Effectiveness and Generating Multiple Environmental Benefits Within and Around the Greater Kafue National Park and West Lunga National Park in Zambia - is working with rural communities to collectively manage natural assets as a shared resource and responsibility. The initiative is a partnership between UNDP and the Government of Zambia through the Forestry Department, under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife at the Ministry of Tourism and Arts. It is being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

  • Jun 11, 2019

    On a blistering hot Thursday afternoon, Esther Mungalaba, 22, and two other students are deeply engrossed - sorting out a sparkling array of solar panels on display at a new demonstration, testing and training facility on solar energy technologies at the University of Zambia. Two years ago, Mungalaba, a second year Physics student did not think she would have had a chance at her dream of becoming a renewable energy expert. But the recent creation of the Solar Energy Centre of Excellence at her university has now brought Mungalaba closer to her dream. And with the training facility created within the Department of Physics and fitted with a solar array, she is excited and can now explore her passion for renewable energy.

  • Jun 11, 2019

    Victor Chenda Mpanga, 39, knows his livelihood depends on the forest, but like many others eking out a living in Zambia’s vast woodland, he had little choice but to help destroy it. Mpanga was a full-time farmer, but poor yields due to unsustainable agricultural practices and climate change forced him into cutting down trees to produce charcoal – locally known as “malasha” - for fuel and income. “I have seen my village turning into a grassland instead of forest. The trees are fast vanishing from the forest. The rainfall pattern has changed,” Mpanga complains. Poor rainfall in this area makes farming chancy. For the father of three, turning trees into charcoal was an option of last resort to make ends meet.

  • Feb 1, 2018

    The collection and distribution of local rainfall information is helping smallholder farmers adjust their crop production methods to changing seasonal precipitation patterns. These stations also act as early warning systems for communities. Roida Zulu, 40, and her family live in Mambwe District in Zambia’s Eastern Province where the lack of rainfall has made it difficult for them to grow maize, their staple crop. Their indigenous knowledge of previously predicting the weather has resulted in low yields and sometimes even no harvest at all. “Many years ago, we predicted the weather and knew when to plant,” Roida recalled. “But these days, the weather is unpredictable. Now the dry season can bring continuous rain while the hot season is too wet.”

  • Feb 1, 2018

    In support of the Government of Zambia’s efforts to ensure that climate adaptation interventions in the agricultural sector are gender-responsive and transformative, UNDP in collaboration with FAO organized a skills development workshop in Siavonga, Zambia from 18 to 21 September 2017 on integrating gender into climate adaptation planning. The intervention was supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) as part of Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans programme (NAP-Ag).

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