(ecotourism.org) “Zambia has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world. After decades of poor land management, slash and burn farming methods, unsustainable logging and tree-cutting for charcoal, Zambia currently has an estimated deforestation rate of 250 000 to 300 000 hectares per year – that’s twice the size of Houston, Texas.
Greenpop has run their annual Zambia Festival of Action in Livingstone since 2012, as a way to draw attention to their ongoing environmental and eco-education project in the area as well a to bring people together from around the world to share knowledge and work together in a conference-style way.
Through the project and their three annual Festivals of Action, this dynamic social enterprise is making waves across the Zambezi. Their progress over the past 3 years in Zambia includes:
11,176 trees planted, 97 planting days, 24 sustainability workshops, 7 educational wall murals, over50 handmade solar cookers, over 10 handmade rocket stoves, 74 Tree Tuesday radio shows, 48 school eco days, 5 community farms, 1 reforestation site, over 500 passionate planters from Zambia and around the world have joined in the 4 Festivals of Action so far.”