Mafinga Hills,
Forest restoration for nature, water and people
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under restoration


trees growing


species regenerating


families engaged


individuals trained

A mix of wet and dry miombo forests, along with montane grasslands, create an exceptional ecosystem in north-east Zambia’s majestic Mafinga Hills. 

Despite not witnessing significant deforestation, the practice of chitemene, or slash-and-burn agriculture, poses a danger here, particularly within the National Forest Reserve and along the rivers.

The project aims to restore this vital forest landscape surrounding and including the Mafinga Hills by setting up a community forest covering 1500 ha in the Mwenechifungwe Chiefdom.

Why and how we’re working here

Montane and riverine forest patches are degrading, and man-made fires from illegal activities on the plateau are impacting biodiversity and reducing the ability of soils to retain water.
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Muchinga province, northeast Zambia

Restoration approaches

Assisted Natural Regeneration; agroforestry (agrisilvicultural systems)

restoration partners

The Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia (WECSZ)

Blue Swallow; African Crowned Eagle; Nchisi Pygmy Chameleon

FLORA Species

Four known endemic and five near-endemic species

The project’s impact on people and nature

Our restoration here will safeguard the water catchment of the Luangwa River, protect the biodiversity of the Mafinga massif and the Luangwa valley, and ensure that the farming communities neighbouring the massif have an increased resilience to climate change.

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Who’s funding the Mafinga Hills project?

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