Zambia has one of the highest deforestation rates in Sub-Saharan Africa and is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. This situation is the result of a variety of unsustainable land management practices surrounding charcoal production, land tenure systems, agricultural practices, tobacco production and structural adjustment policies. While the problem is complex, finding sustainable solutions through education and collaboration is certainly possible.

In 2012, Greenpop launched an ongoing tree planting, education and sustainability drive to highlight the drastic deforestation, create dialogue around local climate change solutions and grow a greener Livingstone. We partnered with life-long environmental activist, Benjamin Mibenge (now our Director of Trees in Zambia), and local organisations to make it happen. Each year, the programme evolved and adapted to the environmental and community needs and our collective learnings.

After working in Livingstone for 5 years, in 2017 Greenpop established the three-year Forests for Life Programme which aims to contribute to improved human well-being, poverty alleviation and strengthened climate resilience of local farming communities. This is done through capacity building for sustainable land use and alternative livelihood practices to conserve and protect woodland forests in Zambia’s Senoke region.

The project has five primary objectives:

  1. Increase understanding of the socio-economic importance of woodlands, their associated ecosystem services and their role in human well-being and climate change resilience, with a specific focus on sustainable forest management (SFM) practices.
  2. Empower local farmers through an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach to identify, map, appreciate and value the assets they have and utilize these assets in the most sustainable way.
  3. Increase the capacity of local farmers in Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) techniques to manage the systematic regrowth of trees and shrubs that have been felled.
  4. Enhance local livelihoods by training local farmers in beekeeping and hive maintenance for honey production.
  5. Enhance the capacity of local farmers to train others in the techniques covered in workshops.
Cape Town Urban Greening Programme




Greenpop Foundation NPC is a registered non-profit organisation. Registration Number (NPO): 151-411 NPO.

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