The project, “Transforming Landscapes for Resilience and Development (TRALARD)” under the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) is to be implemented in Northern, Muchinga and Luapula Provinces.
Speaking during a press briefing at Ministry of National Development Planning Headquarters in Lusaka, Tuesday, National Development Planning Minister Hon Alexander Chiteme said the project is to be actualised through funding from government, the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Other financing partners include the Green Climate Fund, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the private sector.
Hon. Chiteme said TRALARD aims to address challenges being experienced as a result of high rates of land degradation resulting from over resilience on natural resources and said the project would introduce a landscaping approach that places people at the centre of conservation and management of land, the forests and water resources.
The project is to cover Chilubi, Mbala, Mungwi, Mpulungu, and Nsama districts in Northern Province while in Muchinga, the project would be extended to six (6) districts of Chama, Lavushimanda, Mpika, Mafinga, Isoka and Kanchibiya districts.*
The Minister said five (5) districts have been identified for the project in Luapula and these include Kawambwa, Lunga, Nchelenge, Samfya and Chifunabuli.
And Northern Province Minister Hon Brian Mundubile who was in attendance along with his Luapula and Muchinga counterparts, Hon Nickson Chilangwa and Hon Malozo Sichone said his provincial administration was gratified to receive such programmes that were aimed at reducing poverty and vulnerability among the people of the province.
Meanwhile, Hon Chilangwa has commended government through the Ministry of National Development Planning for implementing development programmes that would directly impact on the welfare of the people.
Hon. Chilangwa said poverty would never be fought successfully through handouts but by implementing projects that proved sustainable such as climate change programmes.
Speaking at the same function Hon Sichone thanked the Ministry of National Development Planning for including his province in the climate change project implementation.
Hon Sichone said over 100,000 people were going to benefit from the project in the six identified districts of Muchinga province.