CQC is working to develop and manage carbon assets from conservation farming programs in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley. In partnership with Brinkman Associates, a world-renowned Canadian forestry company, CQC is helping COMACO, a Zambia-based NGO, develop a unique REDD + Landscape Management Project for the World Bank’s BioCarbon Fund and other investors. The overarching objectives are to conserve forests and landscapes with high biodiversity value, including game parks in the East Luangwa Valley, and increase farmers’ income and enhance food security in the Valley.
As part of this effort, COMACO is pioneering the intercropping of high-yield, high-carbon-value trees with maize to increase carbon sequestration in the roots, stumps, and deep into the soil profile and to reduce the need for chemical fertilizers.
The main components of the COMACO Landscape Management Project are:
- market-based initiatives, including establishment of managed apiary zones, to reduce wild honey gathering, illegal timber cutting, and charcoal making in natural forests;
- intensification of agriculture though use of nitrogen-fixing agroforestry systems and of legumes as cover crops;
- adoption of zero-tillage techniques, composting, and biochar use;
CQC is using new methodologies and monitoring and verification systems to help COMACO monetize the increase in organic carbon that results from this kind of intensive, climate-smart agriculture, while reinforcing and rewarding farmers’ commitment to these practices.