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Project ID:00074834Description:UN-REDD Zambia
UN REDD Programme Fund
Start Date *: 27 Oct 2010
End Date*: 31 Dec 2014
Country: Zambia Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Deforestation and forest degradation comprise a large proportion (in the region of one fifth) of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is developing the REDD+ mechanism to provide financial incentives to reduce such emissions. REDD+ includes Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (initially referred to as REDD) as well as: i) conservation of indigenous forests; ii) sustainable management of forests; and iii) the enhancement of forest carbon stocks.


Zambia has approximately 50 million hectares of forest, with an estimated deforestation rate of 250,000 to 300,000 hectares per year. In recognition of the role REDD+ can play in reducing emissions and facilitating sustainable socio-economic development, the Zambian government is presently assessing the opportunities potentially delivered through REDD+. Zambia is currently one of nine developing countries in the world that will be piloting the UN-REDD Programme, which aims to prepare countries for future REDD+ implementation. The first phase in the UN-REDD Programme is the UN-REDD Quick Start initiative.The NP will develop a National REDD+ strategy and thereby assist in attracting financing for National REDD+ implementation.


The primary drivers of deforestation and forest degradation need to be addressed in order to ensure the success of National REDD+. Within Zambia, these drivers vary across regions and include charcoal and wood fuel use (for domestic, commercial and industrial uses); ii) timber production; and iii) unsustainable agricultural methods and other land use practices. Drivers of deforestation and forest degradation are a result of a complex set of underlying causes that are primarily caused by past and current development processes. These underlying causes cut across numerous sectors (e.g. energy, forestry, agriculture and water). In order to address them and thereby to facilitate REDD+, the entire mode of development within Zambia will need to be altered. Both the supply and demand for wood and non-wood forest products will, for example, need to be addressed simultaneously.


The large scale and cross-cutting nature of interventions required to implement REDD+ will necessitate high level government support and large scale cross-sectoral reforms. Preparation for REDD+ will require a specific set of interventions including government level; ii) strengthening of institutional, policy and legislative frameworks; iii) strengthening the implementation of policy and enforcement of legislation; iv) widespread sharing of knowledge on REDD+; and v) developing incentives for the adoption of alternative livelihoods and energy sources.  Ultimately, the success of National REDD+ will also require large scale stakeholder engagement across all levels, but specifically at the community level in order to ensure that communities receive tangible benefits from REDD+.


The NP is the first step toward the above-described preparation. Its goal is to prepare Zambian stakeholders and institutions for effective future nationwide implementation of REDD+, and it has the following objectives: i) build institutional and stakeholder capacity to implement REDD+; ii) develop an enabling policy environment for REDD+; iii) develop REDD+ benefit-sharing models; and iv) develop Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems for REDD+.

For more information on the programmatic and techical aspects of this programme, please see the UN-REDD website.

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