Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
LUKANGA REDD+ & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PROJECT
Explain your project in details:
AWC has worked hard to identify, design and develop projects that will help to achieve its aims of promoting forest and wildlife protection, reducing deforestation, and improving community livelihoods and biodiversity in the area and near to the Lukanga Swamp Project. Our project activities are intended to bring multiple levels of benefits towards protecting and improving local biodiversity, and improving community livelihoods by providing alternatives to reduce deforestation, wildlife poaching and promoting resilience against the negative anticipated effects of climate change. Clearly, these positive effects are interconnected and dependent upon one another by improving property management, we aim to reduce the destruction of soil and forest resources, which will help to conserve and improve local biodiversity and maintain healthy ecosystem functioning. Our main project activities fall under the categories of improved conservancy management and community engagement, including a suite of community-level interventions, projects and investments. The pilot phases of these programs will also launch the School Support Program, which is intended to reach all six community zones, and its Tree-Planting Project, which will be undertaken in cooperation with the Forestry Department and is also intended to reach all six zones. will also set to launching pilot phases for smaller needed community projects such as tree nurseries, livestock projects (village chickens, pigs and goats project), Sewing, Basket & Mats making, and vegetable gardens. We will also design the honey and mushroom projects to local communities within the project zone.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
AWC will create women groups, the women leaders will be trained in entrepreneurial and business skills, the leaders will also train other community women and youths into different entrepreneurial skills and economic development programs to improve livelihoods and fight poverty. The wetland of Lukanga swamp will be restored and maintained by linking the protected areas through forested corridors for the migration of wildlife. More than 100 community residents will be employed as forest monitors. Farmers associations, landowners, ranchers, and community residents will participate in forest restoration. We will educate communities how the ecosystems are influenced by negative human activities. The communities will help end deforestation, while learning to become more resilient in the face of climate change. Local farmers and landowners will contribute by applying sustainable agro-forestry techniques. Community members will also become informed, stakeholders and empowered stewards who will help to promote sustainable communities and wildlife conservation. Additionally, AWC will develop conservation reserves and Ecotourism reserves right aside the project zone, these reserves will help to enhance security on the protected forests and wildlife from wildlife poaching, human-wildlife conflicts, illegal fishing, settlements, livestock grazing, encroachments, wild-fire and cutting down trees. These measures will extend wildlife migration and will also generate income that will benefit communities from Ecotourism. We will also introduce Community forest programs to communities within the project zone, the programs are designed to empower community participants to reduce poverty, improve livelihoods and create business opportunities and disengage them from wildlife poaching, illegal fishing and deforestation.
Sustainability and future plans
The project will derive its income through the sale of Verified Emissions Reductions and Ecotourism activities a financial plan will be developed and will be presented to the communities for revenue sharing. The sale of VERs will be sufficient to cover the costs of implementation, even if CO2e prices are low, especially with the combined efforts of the AFWCF to developed Ecotourism diversification in the region. AWC has gone to great lengths to secure committed long-term relationship with communities, local authorities and landowners. It has invested a significant amount of time and investment into the pilot project to date, and full financials will be shared with the communities, local authorities and all stakeholders during meetings and workshop.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Kelvin Phiri: Managing Director Kelvin was born May 12/1985 and raised in Zambia. He has over 6 years of conservation management and community development experience. Prior to AWC, he was Technical and Marketing Assistant to Forest Conservation and Management with Sustainable Charcoal Production, a USAID founded project which achieved Zambia first verified Sustainable Charcoal project. Kelvin Dh Thesis Business Management & Entrepreneurship and Development Studies. He is the leader in the Forests and Wildlife Conservation Projects.