Climate variability and change has become a major threat to sustainable development in Zambia. In response, the Government of Zambia has developed various climate change-related policies and legal frameworks that provide a basis for generating positive results in the forest sector through improved land use planning and forest management.
Among them are the National Policy on Environment (NPE, 2007); a new National Forestry Policy (2014); the National Energy Policy (2008); the National Agricultural Policy (2014); a National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+, 2015); a revision of the Forest Act No. 4 (2015); passage of the Urban and Regional Planning Act No. 3 (2015); SI 66 (2021) and the UNFCCC FREL Zambia (2021).
As a signatory of the Leaders for Climate Action, Plant A Million adheres to a strict code of ethics on anti-bribery and anti-corruption. All of our emissions reduction projects adhere to internationally recognised standards and are audited regularly by independent third-party organisations to ensure the additionality and environmental integrity of projects.
We offer carbon credits from projects developed according to common major standards:
The establishment of Gold Standard was led by WWF in 2003 with the aim to develop best practice standards for UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects and voluntary standard projects. These robust standards enable the credible measurement of the impact of project interventions on reduction of carbon emissions and sustainable development of people conforming with the 17 Global Goals.
Global Standard has over 2000 projects in over 80 countries for which over 173 Million tonnes of carbon emissions and carbon credits have been issued with a 24% share for Africa. Gold Standard certified projects have created over $25.6 Billion in shared value for climate action for the planet and sustainable development of people. Learn more on the Gold Standard website
The VCS Standard is the world’s most widely used voluntary carbon credit standard with more than 865
million tonnes of carbon credits issued in over 1,775 certified VCS projects. VCS projects include a wide variety of technologies and measures which result in GHG emission reductions and removals and categorized by their sectoral scope, which range from renewable energy projects to land use projects. All VCS projects must complete a rigorous development and assessment process before registering with not-for-profit organization Verra founded in 2005. Learn more on the Verra website
Almost 200 projects have been validated to the CCB Standards, over 50 of which have achieved full verification. CCB projects span over 60 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Projects validated and verified to the CCB Standards encompass more than 10 million hectares, an area the size of Iceland.
The CCB Standards are the leading standard used in conjunction with VCS agriculture, forestry and land use (AFOLU) projects, commanding preferential market access. The standards can be applied to all types of land management projects, including reforestation, afforestation, revegetation, forest restoration, agroforestry, sustainable agriculture, and other land management practices.
Learn more on the Verra website