Project details
1084 ยท Forest protection
  • Zambesi REDD+, Zambia
Creating positive impact for communities

The climate protection project offers the people in southeast Zambia sustainable development opportunities and thus counteracts the deforestation of local forests. However, the strong growth of the nearby capital Lusaka and the associated increasing demand of firewood threaten the sensitive ecosystem. The region is home to 8,300 people, 90 percent of whom live in extreme poverty. Most of them live from subsistence agriculture and the production of charcoal. The deforestation rate here is eleven times higher than the national average. The climate protection project combats the cause of progressive deforestation in a sustainable way.

It offers people alternative sources of income and also develops sustainable land-use practices which conserve threatened forests while also investing in development for rural communities. The protected forest area is part of a transnational ecosystem that is home to the largest elephant population in Africa with 23,000 animals. Hunting is strictly prohibited here and in the adjacent national park so that African lions and other endangered species such as leopards and antelopes are also protected.

How does forest protection help fight global warming?

Forests are not only among the planet's most important carbon reservoirs. They also are home to an enormous diversity of species and are the livelihood for all people. However, global forest areas have declined sharply in recent decades due to increasing settlement, agricultural use, illegal logging and mining.

Forest protection projects ensure that forests are preserved in the long term and that the protection of forests is given a higher value than their deforestation. Together with the local population, project participants protect the area from negative influences. To allow for this the projects create alternative sources of income and educational opportunities. Depending on the project region, forests store varying amounts of carbon per hectare. Particularly high amounts of carbon are stored in the vegetation and soil of tropical swamp forests, primary rainforests, or mangroves. Forest protection projects in the ClimatePartner portfolio are registered with international standards.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No PovertyThe project creates alternative sources of income like eco-charcoal production, and implies diversified agricultural practices such as crop rotation, soil conservation and small-scale livestocks.
Clean Water and Sanitation67% of fresh water in the area is provided by project boreholes.
Decent Work and Economic Growth80% of local villagers have increased their household income.
Sustainable Cities and Communities750+ farmers trained in sustainable land-use methods to reduce forest loss.
Climate ActionThe project saves about 210,310 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Life on LandThe project is protecting more than 40.000 ha of wildlife habitat. Lions returned to the area for the first time in 10 years.
Project standardVerified Carbon Standard (VCS)CCBS validated TechnologyForest protectionRegionZambesi REDD+, ZambiaEstimated annual emission reductions210,316 t CO2Verified byAENOR INTERNACIONAL S.A.UValidated byDNV Climate Change Services AS