The Luangwa community forest project will help conserve a large part of the catchment of one of the longest undammed rivers in Southern Africa, which have the largest hippopotamus population in Zambia. It will also conserve a near-continuous wildlife corridor between five national parks, benefiting over 100,000 local community members.
The project will generate emissions reductions through avoided deforestation, using the following mitigation activities:
Forest monitoring will be done using remote sensing, aerial and ground monitoring. Encroachment prevention will be accomplished by training, funding, and helping to manage community scouts.
The climate objectives are to avoid deforestation in the project area and assist communities and biodiversity with climate change adaptation benefits through income diversification, improved farming techniques, crop diversification and maintenance of habitat corridors.
The project’s community objective is poverty alleviation for at least 10,000 households, specifically targeting vulnerable households and the poorest of the poor.
The biodiversity objectives is maintaining a massive wildlife corridor between five national parks in the catchment of Zambia’s 4th largest river system with conserving and maintaining vulnerable and endangered species through habitat protection and reduction in poaching.
Promoting alternative livelihood activities including: conservation agriculture, non-timber forest product livelihoods, and sustainable enterprise development.
This REDD+ project will be CCB validated and verified by Q2 2023
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