SOS Goes green

11-Mar-2020 | Projects | Petronella Chindumba

Piloting Climate Resilient Livelihood Systems in Kazungula and Choma Districts of Zambia dubbed the green project is an initiative of SOS Children’s villages Zambia being implemented over an 18 months period from January 2020 to June 2021. The project aims at responding to livelihoods challenges faced by Communities in Kazungula and Choma Districts of the Southern Province of Zambia who derive their livelihood and income security from climate sensitive sectors like agriculture, water and natural resources. The project seeks to promote sustainable resource use by employing climate smart income generating initiatives. The projects overall goal is to contribute to the building of climate resilient livelihood systems in Zambia. The project is funded by SOS Children’s Villages Germany through the generous support from the Herman Gmeiner Development Fund (HGDF).

The project will target 100 extremely vulnerable families in Kazungula and Choma districts of Southern province and particularly working in Mabwa Village of Nyawa Chiefdom in Kazungula district and Mwapona Compound in Chief Chooma’s Chiefdom in Choma district. The target group has been clearly chosen owing to the fact that their livelihoods depends on the resources derived from the environment such as wood for energy, trees and grass for house construction and economic use. These activities have had a negative impact on the environment in the targeted communities and as such resulted in soil degradation, deforestation leading to loss of forest cover and the disappearance of wetlands used for water sources.

The project has a 3 phase intervention system focusing on replenishing of forest resources, promoting climate smart farming practices and improving water reticulation for enhanced cash crop production. The project will seek to conduct tree planting exercise targeting Mwapona community in Chief Chooma’s area, the tree planting exercise seeks to replenish the natural forest resources that have been depleted due to human led deforestation. The project also seeks to promote climate smart farming practices through honey harvesting and other practices that do not have negative impact on the environment. The project also seeks to promote vegetable production by improving water reticulation, in this vain the project will provide borehole’s and treadle pumps in order to promote efficiency use of water resources year round. The project will not operate in isolation, to promote sustainability and efficiency the project has partnered with the Ministries of Environment and Natural Resources, Community Development and Social Services, Agriculture and Chiefs and Traditional Affairs.

All three components of this project will contribute to economic, social and environmental benefits at community and district levels. The proposed interventions of this project will improve adaptive capacity of the most vulnerable communities in the two target districts of Zambia. The following description shows how the project has integrated economic, social and environmental benefits in the project design:

a) Social benefits: The project aims at improving rural water systems, foster food security, transforming farming practices and improving livelihood systems. All these have multiple benefits and positive contributions to the existing social systems in the project sites, including solving climate driven social and gender related problems. For instance, gender based challenges linked to climate change effects such as water scarcity, food shortage and challenges for girls who drop out of school because of inadequate water supply and food insecurity.

b) Economic benefits: The proposed project will extensively contribute to economic benefits as it is intended to promote transformation of livelihood systems and quality of life among communities through stimulating drivers of key economic activities in the pilot project sites. In particular, the activities outlined in each output of the components will lead to increased water security and agriculture production and move vulnerable communities beyond subsistence farming to selling excess crops and fruits and bee-keeping products. This project will also build sustainable market and will link communities to financial services as well as promoting consumer cooperatives.

c) Environmental benefits: The project will have several environmental benefits, including contribution to climate change mitigation, ecosystem management, biodiversity conservation, and land management and conservation agriculture. This project has a special component on promoting tree planting, ecosystem restoration and bee keeping. Environmental benefits of this project are expected to contribute to climate resilience of rural communities through improved ecological functions and services, reversed land degradation, creation of alternative income of vulnerable communities, especially women and girls through selling bee keeping products such as honey, timber, fruits from fruit plants and other forest products.

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