Zambia Climate Change Network
The Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN) was established in 2009 and officially registered in 2011. ZCCN comprises of 7 core organisations, and a network of over 50 organisations and individuals, working in the field of natural resource management and climate change. It was established to create a platform for civil society to better organise themselves and coordinate their efforts in sharing information and engaging with stakeholders on issues related to climate change.
The overall goal of the network is to promote the sharing of climate change and climate related information among the general membership and greater public in order to enhance effective advocacy and stakeholder engagement in the climate change and environmental debate at local, national, regional and international levels. ZCCN engages in the capacity building of selected civil society organisations to help them acquire the capacity to effectively advocate, lobby and campaign policy makers at both the national and international levels.
In terms of REDD+ involvement, ZCCN have participated in a number of studies associated with REDD+ and are actively approaching the government for greater involvement in the national REDD+ planning process. For example, one of the key points of interest for ZCCN is to be actively involved in the formulation of a national REDD+ Safeguards system and benefit sharing mechanism. In early 2011, ZCCN submitted a Civil Society Organisations (CSO) plan to the government in an effort to engage with the national REDD+ process and start a dialogue on how the CSO initiative could add value to on-going efforts. In 2013, ZCCN aims to put this plan forward to the REDD Coordination Unit and Forestry Department for further discussions on how to involve non-governmental actors in the national REDD+ planning process. Other initiatives include a budget and expenditure tracking tool for climate change initiatives that ZCCN is implementing together with the Interim Climate Change Secretariat. The tracking tool has been developed for the purpose of increasing transparency in the allocation and use of climate change resources, and to provide civil society with an information-base to conduct analysis and make recommendations.