USAID/Zambia Economic Development Office - United States Forest Services Participating Agency Program Agreement

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USFS PAPA surveyors review forestry markers in one of Zambia's national forests.
The USFS PAPA builds technical capacity in Zambia to mitigate climate change and conserve biodiversity, forestry, and manage natural resources in Zambia.

This USFS PAPA supports the Government of Zambia (GRZ) and implementing partners with technical assistance and capacity building in climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, forestry, and natural resource management in Zambia.

The USFS embeds advisors within the GRZ Forestry Department (FD) and the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) to build capacity in climate change mitigation, greenhouse gas inventory systems, and sustainable forest management.

With this technical assistance, Forest Officers are better able to monitor their forest resources, identify deforestation hotspots, and use information (e.g. cartography, data collection, geographic information systems, and remote sensing) to make informed policy and management decisions.


This activity positions the GRZ on a trajectory to sustainably manage its own environment and natural resources without continued injection of capital or technical assistance from outside sources.  The support builds GRZ’s commitment and capacity to accelerate greenhouse gas reduction, conserve Zambia’s natural resources, and meet their Nationally Determined Contributions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

  • Life of Project: January 2010 to December 2020
  • Location: National and Eastern Province
  • Partner: United States Forest Service (USFS)
  • USAID Investment (Life of Project): $6.0 million


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