Lower Zambezi is World’s First Carbon Neutral National Park


As world leaders deliberate the best path to take towards a carbon free energy future, a remote national park on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia is leading the way in reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.

The Lower Zambezi National Park has become the world’s first national park to achieve a carbon neutral status, showing a commitment to developing a sustainable energy future in the African tourism industry.

Photo by Lower Zambezi National Park

After a collaborative effort from all the operators in the park, the reserve has now reached a point where it generates little greenhouse gas emissions from its operations, and the unavoidable emissions are offset by purchasing Verified Carbon Units (VFU).

Inspired by efforts to achieve carbon neutral national parks from operations in the USA and UK, this Zambian initiative aims to show Zambian private sector tourism leadership, and their solidarity with those calling for global climate action.

Tourism is the world’s largest service sector industry, with significant energy, fuel and food production needs, and this announcement is sending a message to other operators worldwide to take incremental steps to reduce the emissions from tourism activities.

Photo by Baines’ River Camp

In Lower Zambezi National Park (LZNP), every single tourism concessionaire based in the NP participated in this initiative. Even lodges based on the outskirts of the park funded the carbon neutrality of all the conservation management operations.

Operators took the further step of offsetting their head offices in Lusaka, Zambia’s Capital. Private sector operators voluntarily funded this milestone from their own internal revenues despite the fact that tourism suffered from a significant downturn in Zambia, and in other parts of Africa in 2015.

“The Lower Zambezi National Park is a world class tourism and conservation product, “ said Mr. Grant Cummings of Chiawa and Old Mondoro Camps, —> Read More