Zambia

Grow Zambia!

At-A-Glance
  • Country: Zambia
  • Active Since: 2018
  • Trees planted: 7K trees
  • 2020 planning:
  • Scale-up potential: 50K trees
Impact Highlights
  • Part of UNICEF’s national ‘Grow Zambia’ program for youth engagement
  • Counteracting one of the world’s highest rates of deforestation

 

It is not often that we get the chance to work on a project that brings together all the elements we believe are crucial to the sustainable restoration of our planet; education, restoration, community ownership and corporate responsibility.

Grow Zambia! is such a unique hybrid project, made possible by an Innovation grant from Expo Live, the innovation fund of the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Applications had to present innovative solutions that “connect minds and create a better future”, and we were honoured that our project proposal for Grow Zambia! was selected as one of the winners from hundreds of applications from all over the world.

In October 2018, the Land Life team traveled to the stunning Southern African nation of Zambia to kick off the program which brings together diverse stakeholders to restore degraded community and mining land and create opportunities for Zambia’s next generation. During the Masterclass workshop in Kafue, young Climate Ambassadors from the UNICEF environmental program Unite4Climate and their teachers came from all over the country to take part in an interactive education program about the dangers of deforestation, the opportunities for land restoration and the benefits of sustainable and efficient planting technologies like the Cocoon. During a Public Speaking Challenge we were inspired by the eloquence and passion of these young climate heroes as they spoke about their concerns and hopes for the future of their country.

 

“Grow Zambia showed me how we can implement new solutions to combat climate change here in Zambia. It’s up to us to make the change!”

Mweene Maambo, UNICEF Climate Ambassador