Zambia is committed to promoting low carbon development pathways that mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promote climate-resiliency in the most vulnerable sectors of the economy. Zambia’s economic development and climate change priorities are articulated in several plans and policies, including its National Climate Change Response Strategy (2010).

Through targeted technical assistance from the EC-LEDS program, Zambia and the United States are working together to achieve its climate change goals in the forestry and energy sectors. 

Environmental/Economic Data

EC-LEDS Activities

Accomplishments and Progress

Strengthening Institutions. Working with Zambia’s Inter-Ministerial Climate Change Secretariat, the EC-LEDS program is sponsoring a program coordinator to help government institutions integrate climate change interventions into the development plans of key sectors—forestry, energy and agriculture. Coordination within and across the government is critical to the success of the Zambia’s long-term, low emission development strategy (LEDS). – Ongoing

Supporting Renewable Energy Policy. The EC-LEDS program is assisting Zambia’s Ministry of Energy to support a new national Renewable Energy Feed In Tariff (REFIT) policy. A transparent, robust and predictable clean energy regulatory regime is critical to attracting independent private investment in clean energy development. – Ongoing

Promoting Forest Conservation/Alternative Livelihoods. The EC-LEDS program is engaging with local organizations to improve forest conservation and management, and to promote sustainable alternative livelihoods to charcoal production. Efforts are also focused on reducing the demand for charcoal by providing alternative fuel sources and fuel-efficient technologies like gel fuel and cookstoves. Alternatives to destructive charcoal production and fuel wood use are critical to reducing a key driver of deforestation and source of GHG emissions in Zambia. – Ongoing