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The Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project (ZIFLP) has developed the Eastern Province Jurisdictional Sustainable Landscape Programme (EP-JSLP) as a long-term Results-Based Climate Finance (RBCF) aimed at advancing the Government’s objectives to develop and implement low-emission sustainable development strategies that can be replicated in other provinces to scale up emissions reduction efforts nationally, and transition to comprehensive landscape accounting as envisaged under the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
The EP-JSLP has since been formally approved and permit granted by the Ministry of Green Economy through the Forestry Department in line with the Forest Carbon Stock Management Regulations, 2021 12 (1) and (2) to commence operations on 1st January 2024.
As part of stakeholder engagement and consultations, ZIFLP, Private Sector, Civil Society and Implementing Partners led by Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Mr. Paul Benjamin Thole, conducted engagement sessions with all 56 Traditional Leaders from all the chiefdoms in the Eastern Province to give the Chiefs more insights into the Jurisdictional Program. The Traditional Leaders were grouped into clusters by region and five engagement meetings were held in Petauke, Katete, Chipata, Mambwe and Lundazi.