After several years supporting smaller local conservation efforts across Africa, since 2018 INEOS has been working to develop community enterprise schemes protecting invaluable forest in Zambia. The North Swaka Trust seeks to protect the North Swaka Forest Reserve area in the central Mkushi District by collaborating with local chiefs to halt and reverse deforestation while improving the livelihoods of local farmers.
This 120kha region, already 30% deforested and under significant pressure from illegal charcoal production, logging, mining, poaching and encroachment, is beginning to see its fortunes turned around by the efforts of the Trust. The organisation aims immediately to enable vital forest corridors whose loss will exacerbate the forest’s decline. In doing so, it is helping the local community to create sustainable businesses on surrounding land. Its ultimate hope is to rebuild the local ecosystem with a buffer zone to one day support several endangered species, and protect the region through National Park protection status.