Zambia secures $9 million Global Environmental Facility to address post-drought challenges


The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has approved US$9 million in funding to help Zambia tackle post-drought challenges.

Ministry of Green Economy and Environment Permanent Secretary, Douty Chibamba, announced the funding during the project inception of the Gen-8 Kafue Flats project in Lusaka on Friday.

Chibamba stated that the government planned to develop two dual projects aimed at mitigating disasters, particularly those affecting the Kafue Flats’ ecology and economy.

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The first project, the Kafue Flats Climate Resilience and Adaptation Project, would be funded through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) with a budget of US$2,760,000.

The second project, the Kafue Wildlife Habitat, Health, and Livelihoods Project, would receive US$6,666,665 from the GEF Trust Fund under the Global Wildlife Conservation for Development (WCD) Integrated Programme.

Chibamba stated that these projects aimed to promote a transformational approach that preserves the ecosystem and wildlife habitat while making communities more adaptive and resilient to climate change.

“This will in turn enable adaptation to climate change,” he added

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