Zambia Announcements

The preparation of a REDD+ Investment Plan (IP) is moving the country towards the implementation of its REDD+ Strategy

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To protect against potential risks and promote benefits from REDD+, seven safeguards must be supported throughout the implementation of REDD+ actions. These are known as the "Cancun safeguards", and were agreed at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate held in Cancun in 2010 (COP16).

Many UN-REDD partner countries are developing safeguards approaches and information systems with UN-REDD Programme support. To help share the latest information on country progress, this page includes links to workshop reports and materials (especially from 2015 onwards) as well as more formally published outputs. Spatial analysis products whose goals include safeguard support are found on the Multiple Benefits Country Resources Hub.

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A wealth of global knowledge products are also available on the Safeguards Technical Knowledge page.  

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The UN-REDD Programme has directly supported five countries in preparing their forest reference level /forest reference emission level (FRL/FREL) submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With their FRELs now submitted, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Paraguay, Viet Nam and Zambia now have a benchmark for assessing their country’s performance in implementing REDD+. 

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Personal reflections from Elsie Gyekyewaa Attafuah, Senior Regional Technical Advisor, UN-REDD Programme (UNDP), Africa -- on the journey of Zambia's REDD+ strategy.

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28 April 2015 – Lusaka, Zambia -- The Government of the Republic of Zambia officially held today a high-level dialogue on its draft national strategy to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Speaking on behalf of Her Honor, the Vice President of Zambia, Mrs. Inonge Wina, M.P., the Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Mrs. Christabel Ngimbu, M.P. highlighted the importance of the strategy as a demonstration of Zambia’s efforts and resolve to address deforestation and forest degradation in a holistic and integrated manner. 

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Zambia’s forest ecosystemscontribute US$ 1.3 billion, roughly 6.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), to the national economy, further highlighting the crucial role forests can play in the global transition to a green economy, according to a new UNEP study.

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The discussion forum Forest economics: A synthesis of valuation studies in Zambia, Tanzania and Panama (UN-REDD Programme) provided an overview of recent forest economic valuations carried out in the three countries by the UN-REDD Programme. Pavan Sukhdev, CEO of Green Initiatives for a Smart Tomorrow (GIST) and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, moderated the session. The panel was made up of Ignatius Makumba, Forestry Department, Zambia; Evarist Nashanda, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania Forest Services; and Carlos Gómez, REDD+ Coordinator for Panama.

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A new information brief has been launched: ‘Strategy in the making: How Zambia Approached REDD+ Strategy Development - Lessons, Experiences and Strategic Directions’ and is available in English here.

As a part of Zambia’s REDD+ readiness, the UN-REDD Programme has been supporting several fundamental studies to feed into Zambia’s REDD+ strategy. In the last year, FAO has launched different consultancies and provided backstopping support to develop an operational measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) system for Zambia. The following report lays the basis for a national IPCC compliant GHG reporting methodology. The methodology is in line with key UNFCCC REDD+ Decisions and IPCC guidance for estimating anthropogenic forested related GHG emissions by sources and removals by sinks, forest carbon stocks and forest area changes in the context of REDD+. The report reviews international UNFCCC and IPCC reporting requirements for emission factors, activity data and GHG as well as national reporting particularities, compiles relevant data on emission factors, activity data and GHG emissions in Zambia, and identifies gaps and ways to fill them. Download the report here.

Preliminary notice of proposal to hold the first African Regional workshop on sharing experiences on National Forest Monitoring and Greenhouse Gas Emissions tentativly during the week of 24th to 28th February 2014 in Zambia (tbc). The meeting will be by invitation and National Focal Points will be contacted to seek nominations. The purpose of this note is to act as a placeholder and for interested persons to advise us of any conflicting meetings or opportunities for coordination with other events in the region. More information will be provided later. Please contact for more information.

UN-REDD has just launched the new “Legal Analysis of Cross-cutting Issues for REDD+ Implementation: Lessons Learned from Mexico, Viet Nam and Zambia” publication. The publication aims to identify key legal considerations to implement national REDD+ programmes/strategies and to present lessons learned to assist countries in drafting legislative reforms related to REDD+.

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In the UN-REDD Programme's April 2013 issue, read more on REDD+ updates in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Côte d’Ivoire, South Sudan and Zambia. Also get details the UN-REDD Programme's work on Green Economy, Social and Environmental Safeguards and Stakeholder Engagement.

A training workshop on Allometric Equations (AEs) for Zambian and Tanzanian forests was conducted from 10-14 December in Zambia. The training was a south-south UN-REDD training for both Zambian and Tanzanian UN-REDD technical teams. 

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The UN-REDD program in Zambia is hosting an Allometric Equation (AE) training workshop with the technical training of national technicians from Tanzania and Zambia, and the development of new AE equations for both countries. The training will be held from 10-14 December 2012. This is a South-South training with technical experts from CIRAD in France and FAO HQ, training  fourteen technicians from Tanzania and Zambia. AE equations are an important quantitative element of efforts to Measure, Report and Verify (MRV) forest carbon stocks and stock changes in countries.

FAO's country office in Zambia is looking for an international consultant to conduct a joint task on "Drivers of deforestation" and the "Economic context of REDD+" in Zambia, beginning mid-August 2012. Find the Terms of Reference and application instructions here. The deadline to apply isAugust 5th.

At the recently concluded regional workshop on "Strengthening Transparency and Accountability for REDD+ in Africa", Anti-Corruption Commissions and National REDD+ teams jointly presented existing practices in developing their REDD+ systems and fighting corruption that can be built upon to promote integrity in REDD+. See these presentations in the right hand corners of the DRCKenya, Nigeria and Zambia pages. Read more about the workshop.

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