Protecting 943,646    hectares of forest, the Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP) becomes the largest REDD+ project in Africa

The Luangwa Community Forests Project benefits more than 222,000 beneficiaries in Eastern and Lusaka provinces to better manage and conserve vital forests in the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi ecosystems. The project was successfully verified through the Verified Carbon Standard during November 2019 and has achieved CCB Triple Gold for exceptional community impact. 


Your support will enable:

  • Protection of 943,646 hectares
  • Community protection of resources and management of their forests
  • Income from enterprises, increased market access and job creation
  • Improved livelihoods from social services such as honey production, conservation farming, clean drinking water and infrastructure
  • Habitat protection for elephants, wild dogs, leopards, lions and thornicroft giraffe
  • Conservation of forests spanning the vital Luangwa Valley ecosystem linking South Luangwa, Luambe, Lukusuzi and Lower Zambezi National Parks
  • Reduces emissions by 1,368,629 tons of carbon dioxide per year

The Luangwa Valley ecosystem is one of the last wildlife habitats in Africa.

It is home to notable wildlife such as wild dogs and its most stable elephant population. It is also a key component of the Luangwa-Zambezi hydrological system.

However, this ecosystem is under threat. Significant portions of the Luangwa Valley are located in Zambia's Eastern Province, an area with one of the highest rates of deforestation in the country. We are tackling this threat by working with communities to address drivers of deforestation, by reducing poverty, creating sustainable ways to earn an income, improving livelihoods through improved social services and infrastructure, and encouraging conservation.

The Luangwa Community Forests Project was funded through a USAID Cooperative Agreement. The project was a 6-year effort of expanding REDD+ activities across close to 1 million hectares in Eastern Zambia. The LCFP currently benefits close to 37,000 households and enables vital forest management activities across in the Zambezi and Luangwa Valley ecosystems. The program was carried out in close partnership with the Forestry Department and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.

The LCFP was successfully verified through the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) during November 2019. The project has also achieved CCB Triple gold and is currently undergoing its second verification. 

The LCFP involves key partners such as local communities and Traditional Authorities, Government of the Republic of Zambia implementing partners such as the Forestry Department and Department of National Parks and Wildlife, NGOs and other stakeholders.

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