Climate Justice Initiative

Project outcome: Increased capacity of communities, national and district level government, to develop water resources management actions that promote gender equality and increase resilience to climate related impacts.

The CBNRM Forum works across Zambia to demonstrate and promote best practice through pilot projects and policy advocacy. Our work is central to improving the utilisation of natural resources and ensuring poverty reduction. Working in partnership with Oxfam, and funded by the Scottish Government we are operating in Kazangula and Namwala demonstrate to the communities best practices for water resources management and use. The project is targeting women’ capacity development through gender awareness raising, empowerment in decision making on natural resources management and influencing policy for supportive legislation.

The project has been split into three main outputs in order to achieve its objective of: Increased capacity of communities, national and district level government, to develop water resources management actions that promote gender equality and increase resilience toclimate related impacts.

These outputs are as follows:

  • Increasing Communities and district government understanding of natural resources and how these are managed at local level, including implementing catchments management plans, promoting irrigation technologies and understanding of human animal conflicts
  • Increasing awareness of on smallholder rights to land and water for women and men, ensuring women and girls have equal access to and increased representation in decision making and resource management processes
  • Learning and knowledge sharing, showcasing best practice across the districts and Zambia.

The Zambia CBNRM Forum has been working in partnership with Oxfam Zambia to deliver the Climate Justice Initiative project. We have been working in 16 communities throughout Kazungula and Namwala during 2013 to introduce individuals, community groups, headmen and chiefs and key implementing stakeholders to the project. By engaging with as broad a group of people as possible we are working to ensure individuals are bought into and engaged in the project , therefore guaranteeing its longevity after current funding ends.

Key achievements throughout 2013 include:

  • Mobilising government departments to engage in the project including Forest Department, Department of Agriculture, Department of Water Affairs, Department of Fisheries and Local Government.
  • Building partnerships with other NGOs and implementing partners such as NGOCC, IDe, NutriAid and Impact Assessment Association of Zambia
  • Training over 100 individuals how to use vital irrigation technologies such as treadle pumps to ensure successful management of crops in unpredictable rainy and dry seasons
  • Working to develop educational materials on climate change, water management and gender equalities to be distributed and reach out to and educate over 2,000 children
  • Development of new community structures for management of water resources with 75% having women as leaders
  • Training of Trainers for Chiefs and headmen within the communities to ensure they can train and engage their communities from a senior level.

With the project set to run until April 2015 key activities for the year ahead include:

  • Reaching out to wider communities in the district through Radio programmes and communications
  • Working with NGOCC women’s organisation to design in depth trainings and ensure even more women are empowered to lobby at a political level and working with communities at all levels to ensure engagement in the project from children through to senior headmen and chiefs
  • Training communities in hydrological monitoring to track climate change issues
  • Seeking additional funding to support the communities in maintenance of dams and creation of new water harvsting techniques.

You can read about specific beneficiaries in our case studies:
Kazungula Community member Case Study
Kasaya Case Study
Namwala, tredle pump beneficiary Case Study

For more information on this project and how you can support us with similar initiatives please contact us.

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