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Zambia has tremendous natural resource wealth but faces increasing threats to its environment, including deforestation and wildlife trafficking, and the effects of climate shocks. USAID encourages sustainable natural resource management and broad-based, climate-smart, economic development that promotes resilience and curbs the acceleration of greenhouse gas emissions. The current annual deforestation rate is 250,000 to 300,000 hectares per year and estimates place the country fourth globally for having the largest deforested area.
USAID is assisting in the development and implementation of a national strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Zambia is one of nine developing countries worldwide that is piloting such a program. Our activities in this area will field test activities in Zambia’s Eastern Province designed to combat deforestation.
IMPROVE NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT:
Through the Community-Based Forest Management activity, we support the Zambian Government in the development of a national Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation strategy. It outlines how the country will act to preserve its woodlands and stop the high levels of deforestation. At the local level, we support policy dialogue and sustainable forest management and is piloting new systems for monitoring forest carbon emissions that will eventually incentivize Zambian stakeholders to conserve forested landscapes. A Government to Government activity in Eastern Province helps protect wildlife through increased patrols of protected areas, improved management of forest boundaries, and greater involvement of village headmen and traditional leaders.
CURRENT ENVIRONMENT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
Community Forests Program
United States Forest Service - Participating Agency Agreement
Tenure and Global Climate Change Program
Last updated: April 19, 2017