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.

Reduc­ing Our
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

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.

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