Engaging smallholder farmers in reversing deforestation
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In Zambia’s Copperbelt, WeForest works with hundreds of small-scale farmers, providing them with training and tools to diversify their sources of income while they restore miombo woodlots on their farmlands.

As a result, they receive higher incomes, diversify their economic activities and learn new skills. The project also links them to local companies to ensure their honey gets sold. This way, the project becomes more sustainable, which makes the communities less dependent on WeForest’s contribution.

Why and how we’re working here

The typical Miombo forest has, in the Copperbelt province more than anywhere else in Zambia, suffered from mining and charcoal production.
WeForest trains farmers in restoring their small farms (1 or 2 ha on average) with indigenous and fruit trees.
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Luanshya, Mpongwe and Ndola districts, Copperbelt province

Restoration approaches

Conservation, Assisted Natural Regeneration, Agroforestry 

restoration partners

WeForest Zambia, LFCA, DFCA, Rainlands Timber, BeeSweet


Include Julbernardia paniculata, Pterocarpus angolensis

The project’s impact on people

Farmers with a minimum of one lima (0.25 hectares) of woodlot are recruited and trained in Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR), which involves protecting and nurturing wild tree seedlings. This process is carried out all year round and serves to promote the natural succession of the forest.

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Who’s funding the Copperbelt project?

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Progress reports

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