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To assess the co-benefits of climate mitigation actions, Zambia used the DIA visual tool.

October, 2015

The EC-LEDS program—in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State—provided technical assistance to Zambia in the development of its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), which it submitted in September 2015 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Zambia’s INDC outlines the country’s commitment to climate actions that support sustainable forest management, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. The analysis for the mitigation component of Zambia’s INDC shows that these actions have the potential to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25% to 47% by 2030.  

Zambia’s Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection utilized the Development Impact Assessment (DIA) visual tool to assess the co-benefits of climate mitigation actions. The tool provides a framework to help stakeholders identify and communicate the impacts—both positive and negative—that low emission development strategy (LEDS) actions may have on development priorities, thus assisting decision-makers in exploring potential trade-offs in policies.

For more information on the DIA visual tool and process to assess development impacts, see the LEDS Global Partnership website

The EC-LEDS program contributed to INDC development in a number of partner countries in preparation for the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015.