The Community-Based Forest Management Program is the flagship piece of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Zambia’s Global Climate Change project under the Presidential Global Climate Change Initiative. It is designed to exemplify the Government of Zambia’s Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) strategy by establishing the largest REDD+ program in Zambia.

Tetra Tech is providing policy and governance support to ensure effective partnering of government, non-governmental, academic, and private sector organizations involved in the program.

The project aims to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, reduce poverty, and conserve biodiversity values in the Luangwa Valley. In the spirit of USAID FORWARD, Tetra Tech is a sub-grantee to the Zambian firm BioCarbon Partners in implementing USAID’s flagship project to incentivize forest conservation and reduction of carbon emissions from deforestation.

Through the Community-Based Forest Management Program, Tetra Tech is focusing its work on three major objectives:

  1. Reducing emissions from deforestation through participatory natural resource management
  2. Reducing poverty by improving smallholder farmer agricultural productivity, developing non-timber forest products, and expanding markets and value chains
  3. Supporting the Government of Zambia in developing a legal framework and pilot project to demonstrate the viability of REDD+ as a replicable forest management strategy

Tetra Tech’s team is working closely with national-level institutions, including the Zambian Wildlife Authority, the Forestry Department, and other relevant departments. In addition to coordinating with U.S. government-funded partners in the target areas, the project is engaging local government, civil society, and communities in the pilot area. 

Our approach to achieving the objectives engages Zambian men, women, and institutions at the national, local, and community levels through formal learning and transparent sharing of information regarding forestry and natural resources management. We are working toward enabling an environment for REDD+ to effectively exist and be incorporated at the legal and institutional levels.

We are also helping to establish a model for REDD+ implementation and sustainable forest management. The ultimate goal of the activities, knowledge transfer, and training provided through the Community-Based Forest Management Program is establishing improved and sustainable economic security and income in the pilot communities.