The Forest Landscape Restoration Project (FLRP) is a programme of the WWF Zambia Country Office (WWFZCO) working in collaboration with the Zambia Community based Forum (ZCBNRMF). Its objectives are to restore national forest landscapes, secure ecosystem services and secure livelihoods and food security in local communities of the Silowana Complex. The project targets one thousand (1,000) small-holder farmers from three (3) communities which include the Mutemwa, Kaale and Sikuka chiefdoms.The project desires to implement an advocacy plan to advance forest landscape restoration in the project areas.
Though project focused, the plan is expected to also expect to serve audiences at the district and national decision-making levels. Successful restoration of forest landscapes require effective support especially from both levels given policy formulation and implementation are in practice at these levels respectively.
Natural resource management in the landscape is inadequate and uncoordinated which has led to pressures of deforestation and the degradation of forest and other resources. Policy, institutional and market failures are driving unsustainable use, especially of forest resources. No wonder illegally harvested natural resources, for example timber, is finding their way on to local and international markets. Unsustainable use is resulting in changes in the forest structure, forest fragmentation, and biodiversity loss and reduced availability of non-wood forest products such as mushrooms, honey, fuelwood, wild fruits and medicinal plants associated with the presence of trees.
The survival of communities in the Silowana Complex is intricately linked to healthy forest ecosystems. Healthy forest ecosystems may be achieved and maintained by implementing those pieces of legislation recognized in the NFP intended to bolster sustainable forest management
These include the following:
Monitoring and evaluating set FLR targets
Governmental level (District level): FLR is clearly understood, line departments effectively discharging their mandates through an integrated approach for effective FLR and monitoring and evaluating FLR targets;
CSO level: FLR is clearly understood and CSOs capacity to impact FLR policies and governance processes enhanced; and CSOs are pro-actively engaging in FLR issues including monitoring and evaluating FLR targets;
Community level: FLR is clearly understood and communities are effectively participating in FLR decision making processes and progressively benefitting from improved sustainable forest resources utilization
Private sector: Strengthened involvement of the private sector in FLR and utilization of forest resources in compliance with the law;
Impacts of Advocacy Plan
The FLR advocacy will involve multiple target audiences from these stakeholder groups. The primary target audience includes the decision-makers with the authority and mandates to develop and put in place policy and legal frameworks to inspire and motivate for the desired FLR change. These include decision-makers in traditional institutions, government departments and elected officials and institutions that have the power to reform, to finance, and implement policy changes. The secondary audiences include individuals or groups with access to and the ability to influence the primary target audience. These therefore individuals, various groups from the community, non-governmental organizations and the media. Below is a detailed analysis of the specific stakeholders grouped into primary and secondary audiences, their level of influence and supporters and opponents