Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project
Lusaka Province, Zambia
Funder and supplier
Supplier/Developer: BioCarbon Partners
VCS and CCB Triple Gold
943,469 tCO2e credits issued to date. Average 137,000 tCO2e per year
Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project is helping farmers with improved conservation farming practices
By buying carbon offsets, Target Neutral is supporting finance that not only reduces carbon but also supports community-based projects that reduce dependency on deforestation, increase the diversity of income sources, and improve local infrastructure.
In Zambia, deforestation is driven by charcoal production and the expansion of farmlands. The Lower Zambesi REDD+ project aims to protect the Rufunsa Conservancy, a 41,160-hectare area adjacent to the Lower Zambezi National Park - one of the last intact areas of forest in Lusaka Province.
Families gather round a newly planted tree in the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project
More than half of the charcoal supply to Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka originates from the project’s location. The project provides training to current charcoal producers in sustainable charcoal production practices and financial incentives to operate only within designated areas of the protected community forest.
It also provides training and support to 750 households in conservation farming practices, which help farmers to generate higher yields through more efficient farming practices.
This will lead to an estimated reduction in carbon emissions of more than 180,000 tonnes of CO2e per year over the selected 30-year crediting period.
In addition, more than 5,000 people are direct beneficiaries of the project’s different livelihood intervention activities. These include the creation of local jobs, the financing of environmental education and improving community infrastructure and health by increasing access to clean water.
70% of all clean water in the project area has been enabled by boreholes funded through the project.
And BioCarbon has partnered with local organization Bee Sweet to deliver a long term and scalable beekeeping initiative that has provided 4,000 beehives to more than 200 households in the area.
1. United Nations. http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1042091/icode/