Country Area : 752,612 km2

Forested Area (1000 ha) : 48,635

UN-REDD Programme Partner Country : Yes

Type of UN-REDD Programme Support Received : National Programme, Targeted support

FCPF Member : No

Active FCPF Grant Holder: No

Readiness Grant Holder: No

Carbon Fund: No


Forest Reference Emission Level / Forest Reference Level (FREL/FRL): In 2018, Zambia completed the technical assessment of its FREL, which had been developed in 2015 and submitted to UNFCCC in early 2016. Making the FREL publicly available on the UNFCCC REDD+ Info Hub marks a major milestone in progress towards the pillars of the Warsaw Framework.

National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS): The NFMS was launched in 2017. It includes a Satellite Land Monitoring System for generating activity data and draws on the NFI (Integrated Land-Use Assessment Phase II) for emission factors.

Safeguard Information System (SIS): Technical assistance was provided to the Government and National Safeguards Technical Working Group to help finalize the national interpretation of the Cancun safeguards and the SIS design document. Furthermore, the country’s first SOI on safeguards was produced for final review and government approval in 2019.


Following the presentation of the National REDD+ Strategy Investment Plan in late 2017, the UN-REDD Programme supported Zambia to utilize the investment plan for REDD+ implementation, notably through the development and ongoing review of a set of more detailed concept notes for REDD+ investments. A policy brief on key investment options in participatory forest management was finalized, and a special feature on the online global discussion platform (D-Group on REDD+ and Forest Governance) was organized to highlight the opportunities presented by Zambia’s new community forestry legislation.

In late 2018, the Forestry Department made important progress on designing Zambia’s approach to nesting subnational REDD+ efforts (notably the Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project (ZIFLP), discussed below) and carbon credit projects within the NFMS and its FREL. Facilitated by the UN-REDD Programme, stakeholders recommended that projects be integrated into the system and that they participate in the REDD+ benefit-sharing mechanism, rather than accessing international carbon markets directly.


The Zambian Forestry Department required additional human resources from within the Government to be reallocated to improve delivery and communications. Major challenges related to this have delayed progress on UN-REDD Programme activities.


Gender parity is a guiding principle when organizing capacity development interventions as part of the UN-REDD Programme. For example, the UN-REDD Programme supported a policy brief on participatory forest management, which integrated gender considerations. It suggested the need for strategies to ensure that women benefit from participatory forest management projects (i.e. through quotas or preferential treatment) and the idea of female-run woodlots to ease fuelwood supply duties.

Zambia’s first SOI resulted from an analytical and participatory process that involved diverse stakeholders: key government agencies, CSOs, the private sector, academia and existing REDD+ project representatives.

The UN-REDD Programme engaged with the Zambia Climate Change Network to review its plan and objectives to participate effectively in ongoing climate change processes in the country, such as the Seventh National Development Plan.


UN-REDD programme support is closely coordinated with other REDD+ initiatives, especially at the subnational level. During 2018, the ZIFLP launched in Eastern Province. The ZIFLP is expected to utilize much of the capacity built with UN-REDD programme support and ongoing support is being tailored to be conducive to the ZIFLP.


The completion of the FREL, the launch of the NFMS and the progress towards the SIS correlate with SDG 15 regarding the sustainable management of forest resources. The gender-sensitive approach to analysing investment opportunities promotes the achievement of SDG 5 on gender equality.

(Update Annual Report 2018)

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Senior Forestry Extension Officer & National REDD+ Coordinator, Government of Zambia
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Community Groups

Total Approved Targeted Support Amount (US$) 496,826
#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 01.09.2014
Date of Approval 23.09.2014
Implementation Period (Months) 1
Status Completed
Amount Requested US$ 40,000
Amount Approved US$ 40,000
UN Agency Providing Support
MRV and Monitoring


Lead National Institution: Forest Department, Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources, and Environmental Protection



1.     2000 and 2010 land cover maps produced with sufficiently high accuracy to form   the basis of the historical reference data feeding into the REL/RL.

2.     Capacity built of Remote Sensing technicians to perform classification for future assessments.

3.     Quality control/quality assessment undertaken for the Eastern Province.

4.     Land cover maps used in REL/RL   development refined, and uploaded onto the NFMS   web portal.

#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 13.10.2015
Date of Approval 25.10.2015
Implementation Period (Months) 13
Status Under Implementation
Amount Requested US$ 480,826
Amount Approved US$ 456,826
UN Agency Providing Support
MRV and Monitoring
Safeguards and Multiple Benefits
Green Economy and Private Sector


Lead National Institution: Ministery of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmemtal Protection




1. National REDD+ Investment Plan developed.

2. Warsaw framework pillars, which include FREL/FRL, forest inventory data analysis and design of Safeguards Information Systems (SIS) consolidated and refined.

3. Policies and Measures to engage the mining sector through an integrated landscape management approach and in response to the National REDD+ Strategy designed and business model to engage the mining sector developed

4. Capacity for provincial teams enhanced through awareness raising, training and studies.

5.  Tenure capacity enhanced (through workshop).