Prior to 2006, Zambia had few reliable national estimates of its forests. But an integrated land-use assessment from 2005-2008 provided the country with a valuable and reliable snapshot of its forests. Now Zambia is initiating a second survey. This time the results will offer more than a snapshot – they will provide proof of progress. Zambia is using the data as a baseline against which it can show how various aspects of its forests have changed, incorporating measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) requirements for greenhouse gas emissions from forests. MRV is required for countries to participate in REDD+, a climate change initiative that provides financial incentives to developing countries to protect forests.
On the occasion of the 1st World Wildlife Day on 3 March , the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, CAMPFIRE and BIO-HUB Trust with technical and financial support from FAO, set up the Human-Wildlife Conflict management centre at Mukuvisi woodlands. The centre will raise awareness about the causes and consequences of human-wildlife conflict as well as providing visitors with information on different strategies to prevent and mitigate further conflict. [more]
FAO associates itself with enthusiasm with the celebration of World Wildlife Day which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in recognition of the value of wildlife and its various contributions to sustainable development and human well-being. Whilst dramatic trends in criminal hunting and trade are threatening emblematic species to the verge of extinction, requiring immediate, prompt and decisive action, concerted and efficient efforts are also needed to sustainably manage wildlife so as to provide ecological, social, economic and cultural contributions to human development, food security, and wellbeing. FAO looks forward to working with countries and partners, including the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW), to more effectively address the needs in this area, paying special attention to sustainably improving the livelihoods of poor rural communities and the conservation of their natural resources. [more]