CONSERVING OUR ENVIRONMENT FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Arresting Zambia’s High Deforestation Rate Is Critical To Reducing Carbon Emissions And Curbing Climate Change
Our environmental conservation program looks to reduce forest degradation and loss of forest ecosystems. We promote public awareness and strengthen the capacity of communities to address climate change. Zambia is not immune to the adverse impact of climate change and remains vulnerable to droughts, floods and land degradation. One of the key contributors to climate change, is Zambia’s high deforestation rate, almost 4 times the global rate. From 2001 to 2021, Zambia has lost 2.07Mha of tree cover, equivalent to 8.6% decrease in tree cover and 766Mt of CO₂ emissions. If nothing changes, Zambia risks losing a significant part of its forests. The loss of forests is driven by human activity related to agriculture, charcoal and fuel wood production. High deforestation rate is adversely impacting livelihoods especially for the most vulnerable and hampering efforts to reduce poverty.
Carbon Footprint Is A Critical Step Towards Reducing Global Climate Change And Preserving Our Planet For Future Generations
Our interventions to tackle climate change are closely integrated into our education and gender equality programs
Biodiversity conservation involves establishing orchards and planting non fruit trees to help address poor nutrition and curb deforestation and its impact on climate change.
Books 4Trees education Scholarship program helps support the education of many vulnerable children with essential school stationery and text books in exchange for planting fruit and non-fruit indigenous trees.
Environmental Conservation Education
We help schools register for chongololo and chipembele environmental conservation clubs with WECS in order to build children’s awareness around environmental issues and how they can play a role. By educating children around the effects of climate change and the importance of conserving the environment, we hope to raise a generation of leaders who can change the way that their communities live and work in the environment sustainably.
Green Financial Inclusion
Village loan and savings group provide basic financial services for the poor, through our modified savings group we infuse environmental conservation awareness and training programs to initiate action in the communities where deforestation rates are high. Part of our approach includes incentivizing savings groups members to grow fruit and non-fruit trees during the savings cycles by facilitating access to financial capital to support savings groups members income generating activities.