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Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project

Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project

As the first REDD+ project in Zambia, the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project pioneered the development of forest conservation projects in the country. The project is currently the first project in Africa to have achieved 8 consecutive and successful verifications against the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and was the first project in Africa (second in the World) to achieve CCB Triple Gold Verification against the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Alliance Standards. 

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Only REDD+ Project in Africa to receive 8 successful Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) verifications

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Total hectares of forest protected

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Estimated trees protected

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Households benefit directly from conservation fees

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Community Beneficiaries

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Tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions reduced annually

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Community Impact projects implemented since inception

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The project covers a 40,126-hectare buffer to the Lower Zambezi National Park

The LZRP provides a vital buffer area to The Lower Zambezi National Park on a piece of private land known as Rufunsa Conservancy, protecting over 60 kilometers of the boundary. Sable and roan antelope are among many special species found in the LZRP Project area. The Luangwa to Lower Zambezi eco-system is also one of Africa’s last 10 lion strongholds, and home to one of the region’s largest elephant populations. We look forward to the day when elephant and lion roam free in
Rufunsa.

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BCP supported Community Scouts

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Beehives hung for sustainable honey production

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Lead Farmers trained in Conservation Farming techniques

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Follower Farmers trained in Climate-Smart Agriculture

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% Kwacha increase in annual household income since inception

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"Charpreneurs" in total are trained in sustainable charcoal production

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Us Dollars paid to LZRP in Livelihood Investments in 2021

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Rural communities in Zambia depend on forests for their livelihoods, yet poverty drives deforestation.

In cooperation with 7,200 local community members in Bunda Bunda Chiefdom and The Soli Shamifwi Royal Establishment, the project develops sustainable land-use practices that conserve threatened forests and wildlife, while also investing in development for rural communities.

The LZRP supports a number of different livelihood projects including Climate-Smart Agriculture training, Eco-Charcoal, and bee-keeping.

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A ton of good for people, planet and biodiversity

The Southern Ground Hornbill is exceptionally important as the ‘Trigger Species’ for the project. Only one of the nine African savanna hornbill species, the Southern Ground-Hornbill is listed as being of ‘conservation concern’ by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Its presence in LZRP awards the Project CCB Triple Gold Verification for conservation efforts towards this species.

Verified to the highest possible standard under VCS and CCB, offset with the first REDD+ Project in Zambia, and do a ton of good!

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Luangwa
Community Forests Project