Successful Stakeholder Engagement Workshop on Building Effective Climate Action Interventions

[Lusaka, 14 December 2023] — The CSR Network Zambia is pleased to announce the successful hosting of the Stakeholder Engagement Workshop under the theme “Exploring Strategies for Building Effective Climate Action Interventions” which took place on December 13, 2023, at Sarovar Hotel and was sponsored by JTI Leaf Zambia.

The event saw a gathering of sixty participants, bringing together diverse stakeholders united by a shared goal: to protect the environment through collaborative and innovative initiatives.

Moderated by CSR Network Zambia, the workshop was officiated by a representative from the Ministry of Green Economy and Environment, Mr. Victor Chiba who was accompanied by several ministry officials. Ms. Nachilala Nkombo, the Country Director of WWF Zambia, and her team also graced the occasion.

Mr. Victor Chiba – Ministry of Green Economy and Environment, deliverying the keynote speech.

The Ministry of Green Economy and Environment expressed happiness with the private sector’s keen interest in participating in the AFR100 project. Insights were shared on the Ministry’s efforts to identify degraded or deforested land in consultation with chiefs and collaborators like WWF Zambia.

WWF Zambia provided an update on the AFR100 project, focusing on the mapping exercise and the ROAM (Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology) approach. The next steps for the project were outlined, emphasizing the collaborative efforts required for successful implementation.

The workshop’s primary objective was to explore practical solutions for immediate adoption by those interested in engaging in Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) activities as part of the AFR100 initiative. Knowledge was shared, and various providers showcased available solutions:

  • Trees for Zambia: Growing a nursery of indigenous plants.
  • ZAFFICO: Outgrower scheme and distribution of seedlings (pine and eucalyptus).
  • Solidaridad: Distribution of plant seedlings.
  • ODI Cooperative: Active in apiculture, highlighting the importance of trees for honey production and as an alternative livelihood.
  • Lutewa Farms: Avocado nursery, marketing hass avocados as green gold.
  • Chilengedwe: Focus on environmental education and planned initiatives with a taxi-hailing company to extend environmental education.
  • Plant-A-Million Zambia: Distribution of a variety of seedlings in communities and schools, in partnership with organizations like ABSA, SES, among many.

It is the sincere desire of CSR Network Zambia that these engagements continue, moving towards the next step of implementation starting from January 2024.

We extend heartfelt gratitude to all the organizations that participated. Their presence added immense value to the discussions and we appreciate their commitment to continue exploring collaborative opportunities for the AFR100 initiative.

Contact Information:
For further information, please contact:

CSR Network Zambia
Plot No. 24 Lechwe Park
Joel Kapilikishya Road
Ibex Hill, Lusaka.
Tel: +260 977 843926

JTI Leaf Zambia
Plot 16806 Trinity Office Park
Alick Nkhata Road
Massmedia Area, Lusaka.
Tel: 260 211 375004

Zambia’s Independence Day: Celebrating the Unity of Sustainability and Social Impact

By Lee Muzala.

As we come together to celebrate Zambia’s Independence Day, we reflect on the journey that has brought us to this moment of freedom and unity. It is a time not only to honor our nation’s history but also to recognize the connections between sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices and this important day.

Zambia’s independence, gained on October 24, 1964, is a reminder that when a nation comes together with a shared vision, remarkable progress can be achieved. Just as our forefathers worked together to free our nation from colonial rule, the principles of sustainability, CSR and ESG similarly highlight the power of unity and collective action to drive social and environmental change.

Sustainability and CSR initiatives aim to bring various stakeholders together to work toward a common goal: the betterment of society. By engaging with communities, investing in social programs and practicing responsible environmental stewardship, businesses can play a pivotal role in addressing societal and environmental challenges. When organizations and communities join forces, they can drive meaningful change, just as our nation did to achieve its independence.

Zambia’s independence was not only about gaining political freedom but also about improving the lives of its citizens. In the same vein, CSR activities are centered on creating positive social impacts. Companies that embrace CSR make meaningful contributions to the communities where they operate. These contributions can include initiatives that promote education, healthcare, infrastructure development and social well-being. Just as Zambia’s independence sought to elevate the standard of living for its people, CSR efforts aim to enhance the quality of life for communities across the nation.

As Zambia values its natural resources and beautiful landscapes, our nation recognizes the importance of environmental sustainability. ESG principles emphasize environmental responsibility, social equity and sound governance within organizations. By embracing these principles, companies in Zambia can work towards a cleaner, healthier environment for all.

As we commemorate Zambia’s Independence Day, as CSR Network Zambia, we find common ground between the values of unity, social impact, environmental responsibility and sustainability. Just as the struggle for independence brought our nation together, CSR, ESG and sustainability initiatives can bring together businesses, communities and individuals to drive positive change.

In our journey towards a more sustainable and equitable future, let’s take inspiration from Zambia’s history, remembering that our collective efforts can create a nation and world where social and environmental well-being are at the forefront of our shared vision.

Happy Independence Day, Zambia!