The project aims be to strengthen Zambia’s institutional framework for climate resilience and improve the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities in the Barotse sub-basin


Zambia is a landlocked developing country of 13 million people. Due to high poverty levels and dependency on agriculture and natural resources, Zambia is particularly vulnerable to climate variability.

Extreme weather events, such as floods, droughts and heavy rainfall are regular and will increase in intensity and frequency. In the past, these events cost Zambia 0.4 percent of GDP. Without adaptation, the impact could rise to 0.9 percent of GDP, keeping additional 300,000 Zambians in poverty, and undermining the strong growth of Zambia. As climate patterns change, the distribution of agro-ecological zones, habitats, and disease are also likely to change, impacting 61 percent of the population. Damages to infrastructure, housing, and loss of livelihoods are particularly concentrated among communities along the major river basins (Zambezi and Congo).

By mainstreaming climate change into the economy, the program will ensure sustainable economic development towards the attainment of Zambia’s Vision 2030. The PPCR has been coordinated by the Ministry of Finance and National Planning.

Objectives and Outputs:

The project has 3 Investment components: Strengthening Climate Resilience in Zambia and in the Barotse Sub-Basin (IBRD, $50 million), and in the Kafue River Basin (AfDB, $45 million), as well as Private Sector Support to Climate Resilience (IFC, $15 million).

Together, these sub-basins comprise 28 districts and 4.9 million people, of which 24 priority districts (total estimated target population 3.8 million) were chosen. These pilot areas have the warmest and driest climatic conditions (less than 800 mm/year rainfall), highly variable rainfall and soil erosion. The local population is exposed to recurrent floods and seasonal droughts.

In line with selected transformation themes and priorities of the National Development Plan, Zambian stakeholders have proposed three strategic components. A Participatory Adaptation component will support community-based climate resilient initiatives and complementary private sectors in micro-finance. A Climate Resilient Infrastructure component will support the climate proofing of highly visible infrastructure to rally public awareness and adaptation support. Finally, Strategic Program Support will directly support Zambia’s emerging Climate Change Program, including institutional strengthening, policy mainstreaming, improved climate information, and external resources management.

The program aims to provide a platform for maximizing synergies with other climate resilient initiatives. The implementation will build on comparative advantages of relevant stakeholders in Zambia to ensure a participatory and sustainable response to climate change threats. The program employs implementation mechanisms to facilitate partnerships and scaling-up.

The program will mainstream climate change adaptation into national plans and assist highly vulnerable communities to identify and address their own options as part of local development plans. By building on partnerships, particularly with the private sector and civil society, the program will strengthen the institutional foundation for a future climate change program in Zambia. With a focus on national program strengthening and field interventions in two priority sub-basins of the Zambezi, the approach is transformative and sustainable.

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Project Details
Cover Note | Public Information Document | Request of Additional PPCR Resources | Proposed Decision
Approved on February 27, 2013 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
31.0 million (grant funding)
USD 5.0 million (credits)

Project Preparation Grant
Project Preparation Grant Proposal (Page 84)
Approved amount(s): 
USD 1.0 million

Comments and Responses:
Government of Zambia (February 8, 2013)
Australia (February 26, 2013)
Germany and Spain (February 26, 2013) 

Government of Zambia and IBRD to Australia, Germany, Spain, and UK (April 9, 2013) 

MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS Template) 
Approved on June 29, 2011 (Approved Decision)
Approved MPIS amount(s): 
USD 491,000 (Final tranche)

Private Sector Support to Climate Resilience in Zambia
Project Details
Project Documents:
Natural Resources (Summary | Full)
Mobile Phone Platform for Disseminating Information to Smallholder Farmers (Full)
Promotion of Microfinance to Build Climate Resilience in Rural Areas (Full)
Weather Index Insurance (Summary | Full)

Project Preparation Grant
Project Preparation Grant Proposal | Proposed Decision
Approved on January 25, 2012 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s): 
USD 410,000

Comments and Responses:
Germany (January 24, 2012)