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Last Updated
June 2023
2 Mha
Committed Area to Restoration by 2030
66.5 %
Forest Cover

Ignatius Makumba
AFR100 Focal Point

Projects in Zambia

Our Approach


Steps to Success

Stakeholder Involvement

As a party to the UNCCD convention, Zambia has voluntarily set its national land degradation neutrality (LDN) targets and program implementation goals. The country, with the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection as its focal institution, has since embarked on the national target setting process. Because LDN target setting is not a stand-alone process but is embedded in overarching national development policy processes, strong county ownership and the active involvement of all stakeholder groups and sectors impacting the land based natural capital are essential. To involve all relevant stakeholders and achieve land degradation neutrality by 2030, Zambia has formed an LDN working group.

A Coordinating Platform

Zambia established a technical working group (TWG) to improve an inter-departmental and sectoral coordination mechanism. The TWG includes representatives from government, business, academia, research institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


Zambia realizes that the LDN process cannot work in isolation, but that such a concept should be anchored in existing sustainable land management (SLM) efforts being implemented by various stakeholders. In implementing LDN, it is critical to reflect on both the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) as a national planning framework and the provisions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which states that “by 2030 combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and try to achieve a land degradation neutrality world”. Zambia has found a strong link between the LDN, SDGs, Zambia’s program and international cooperation in addressing land degradation as well as National and international organizations, NGOs, Civil Society organizations and development partners to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality by 2030.

Key Milestones

  • Establishment of national environmental policy

Our Vision

Zambia aims to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and restore an additional 5% of national forest cover by 2030.

Watch the video

Restoring Zambia’s Rivers

This short film provides a first-hand experience to catchment protection that the EU and BMZ funded AWARE Project has conducted through Integrated Watershed Management in partnership with the Zambian government, local Water Users Associations and communi