Over two thousand Lufwanyama residents on the copperbelt Province are this year expected to start benefiting from the forestry reserve based project funded by the United Nations.
The five hundred thousand United States dollars programme, called Reduced Emission from Deforestation and forestry Degradation (REDD+) is being implemented by a Kitwe based private company Universal Environment Limited.
Programme Coordinator Professor Royd Vinya says the main objective of the project is to conserve over one hundred thousand hectares of forest land for the next 30 years.
Professor Vinya explained that this in order to supplement Government’s efforts in uplifting people’s livelihood through carbon credit and create forestry based Job opportunities to the locals living within the catchment area.
He emphasized that this will also enable the community realize the importance and value of forest conservation as well as contribute to the fight against the global warming campaign.
And, Lufwanyama District Commissioner Miniver Mutesa commended the Universal Environment Company for making headways in the implementation of the programme.
Ms. Mutesa further urged the delegation to ensure the targeted communities are adequately sensitized on the prudent utilization of resources which will be realized from the project.