The culmination of the USAID-funded Community Forests Program (CFP), the flagship activity for USAID/Zambia’s forest conservation and rural livelihood initiatives, is enabling capacity building and resource sharing among Zambia’s key conservation leaders, as CFP vehicles were redistributed to project partners in February, 2019.
Through the course of CFP’s implementation by BCP, a fleet of 18 off-road vehicles were secured to enable community scout patrols, sensitization and livelihood intervention activities across the one-million-hectare project area. A five-year USAID activity operational from February 2014 to January 2019, CFP has now redeployed these vehicles to project partners throughout Zambia to support ongoing forest management and wildlife protection activities.
Critical protection for the South Luangwa National Park will be enhanced through deployment of one CFP vehicle to the Zambian government’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW). The vehicle will enhance DNPW’s wildlife crime prevention operations within this critical habitat area for numerous at-risk species including elephant, lions, leopards and African wild dog.
Some of Zambia’s most at-risk forest areas will also benefit from enhanced resources as three vehicles are deployed to the Zambian government’s Forestry Department. The vehicles will be deployed in Rufunsa, Petauke and Mambwe districts to improve forest management activities within these areas, which are also home to many of the CFP REDD+ project zones.
One additional CFP vehicle is already in use at Conservation Lower Zambezi, supporting the Detection and Tracking Dog Unit, which is reducing and deterring trafficking of illegal wildlife products in and around the Lower Zambezi National Park.USAID and BCP are thankful that the CFP vehicles will continue to support key forest and wildlife protection efforts within REDD+ project areas through the work of our key CFP partners. As the CFP project officially comes to the end of its allocated time, BCP’s forest protection and community development work is primarily funded by revenue from REDD+ carbon offset sales.