Sustainable Land Management in the Zambian Miombo Woodland Ecosystem

Project Summary

The goals of the proposed project are: (i) a reduction of carbon emissions from unsustainable slash-and-burn agricultural practices in the Miombo woodlands; (ii) the conservation of globally significant biodiversity; and (iii) improvement of the food security of the local population. In order to achieve these goals, the project will promote a shift in land management from the currently practised chitemene system to a sustainable land management system, based upon integrated ecosystem management (IEM) and conservation farming (CF) principles.The specific objectives of the project are to: (i) identify and assess the applicability of potential IEM and CF techniques; (ii) build local and national capacity in sustainable land management; (iii) facilitate a shift from chitemene to sustainable land management practices in selected pilot areas within the Miombo woodlands; and (iv) extend the experiences gained with sustainable land management to other areas with a comparable agro-ecological environment, both in Zambia and in neighbouring countries.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
The Land Husbandry Section of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF)
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
747,000 USD
Co-financing Total
603,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
Total Cost 1,350,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
29 May 2001
Project Approved for Implementation
13 Sep 2001
Project closed
31 May 2008