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

National Climate Change Policy Approved. With U.S. support, the Government of Zambia (GOZ) has approved its draft National Climate Change Policy. The policy recognizes climate change as a threat to sustainable national development and provides a framework for a coordinated response. The policy has also provided clarity on the institutional framework that will help better implement low emission development activities in Zambia. - 2016

Deploying Renewable Energy. U.S. and Zambia energy experts are working to develop an investment plan for Zambia’s Scaling Renewable Energy Program (SREP). A task force comprising 12 experts from key institutions has been formed to spearhead the development of the SREP, and is laying out proposed activities that will lead to barrier reduction for renewable energy development and market transformation, including increased private sector participation in the sector. – Ongoing

Protecting Forest Resources. U.S. forestry experts are supporting a Community Based Reforestation Initiative (CBRI) to demonstrate tangible REDD+ mitigation reforestation actions at five pilot sites. When completed each of the pilot site nurseries will cultivate seedlings from a range of species, which will be provided to villagers and adjacent communities in order to facilitate reforestation, income generation and agroforestry initiatives. Conserving forests helps reduce poverty in local communities, protects valuable natural resources, promotes clean air and water, and can improve production of important global commodities. - 2016

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 and 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