Promoting climate resilient community-based regeneration of indigenous forests in Zambias Central Province

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From July 23, 2015 to July 23, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  2. 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation
  3. 15.b Mobilize resources, incentives for sustainable forest management

Project ID: 4712

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Miscellaneous energy program
  • Energy access


  • Other energy projects
  • Sustainable charcoal
  • Clean cooking


  • Forests


  • General

Transformed sector(s)

  • Forestry and other land use
  • Agriculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building
  • Normative support


  • Law regulation
  • Management operation
  • Capacity building


  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Laws enforcement/ Regulation
  • Institutional framework
  • Sustainable land management
  • Sustainable agriculture practices and use of resources (TP 2, 7, 8, 9)
  • Technical capacity building
  • Community capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Women

Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources
  • Livelihoods for women
  • Gender-based violence

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  • 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation
  • 15.b Mobilize resources, incentives for sustainable forest management

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction
  • Nature-based solution
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


Climate change – including rising temperatures and an increased frequency of droughts and extreme rain events – is negatively affecting local communities living in rural parts of Zambia. Miombo woodlands provide a range of benefits that increase the resilience of these communities to climate change. Such benefits include regulating and provisioning services. However, miombo woodlands are being degraded as a result of unsustainable land management and exploitation of natural resources. This degradation is exacerbated by the aforementioned effects of climate change. Such effects reduce the capacity of these woodlands to protect vulnerable communities from the increasingly negative impacts of climate change that are threatening their livelihoods. Currently, restoration and livelihood development initiatives in Zambia do not adequately take into account climate change-related risks and adaptation needs. Furthermore, the capacity of Zambia's Forestry Department (FD) to plan and implement appropriate adaptation interventions is hindered by limited institutional and technical capacity.The preferred solution to the climate change problem in Zambia is to reduce the vulnerability of local communities by: i) enhancing the capacity of the FD and local communities to plan for adaptation to climate change; and ii) implementing adaptation interventions that increase the resilience of miombo woodlands using a community-based approach. However, there are multiple barriers to achieving this preferred solution, including inter alia: i) limited technology for adaptation and sustainable management of miombo woodlands; ii) limited finances for adaptation; and iii) a weak policy environment and institutional capacity for mainstreaming adaptation that is community-based. The UNDP-implemented, LDCF-financed project will contribute to overcoming these barriers using an integrated approach. In particular, the project will: i) strengthen technical and institutional capacity of foresters and communities in Central Province to plan and implement climate-resilient agro-forestry and assisted natural regeneration in miombo woodlands; ii) establish robust fire monitoring and management protection plans in all districts in Central Province to maintain regeneration in these woodlands and reduce fire frequency; and iii) replace inefficient charcoal production and wood-saving technologies with efficient systems. Local communities at project intervention sites will be included in the selection and implementation of the activities, with a particular focus on enabling the most vulnerable members of these communities, including women.


To promote climate-resilient, community-based regeneration of indigenous forests in Zambia"s Central Province, thereby securing ecosystems goods and services and enhancing the adaptive capacity of local communities.

USD $3,985,000

Grant amount

USD $29,030,090

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Least Developed Countries Fund ($3,985,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Zambia

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