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Integrated adaptive livelihood for Madimba peri urban settlement
 

Focus area: Adaptation
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Established: 01 March 2004

The activity aims to improve the livelihood and the living environment of the Madimba peri urban settlement through different eco-climate adaptive developmental projects.

The activity’s main priorities are:
- To obtain legal status for the Madimba community from the local authority;
- To identify community based climate change adaptation livelihood support options; 
- To integrate indigenous knowledge into aquifer ecosystem remediation;
- To develop a community based climate change action and implementation plan;
- To improve the living environment for Madimba peri urban settlement.

Mitigation / Adaptation

Social and environmental benefits

Potential for scaling-up and replication

The activity has increased the resilience of the community by:
- Building flood compatible eco-friendly receptacles to reduce aquifer resource contamination;
- Mobilizing the community to engage the local authority to start the process of legalization, to ensure land rights;
- Launching the Madimba multi-dimensional community based adaptive livelihood support and upgrading projects;
- Implementing the adaptive wholesome water supply for Madimba peri urban settlement, which used to depend on contaminated shallow wells;
- Building the capacity of the Madimba community to implement community based adaptive income generating projects;
- Establishing training opportunities for women and children, through climate change clubs in 20 schools; and
- Initiating an innovative climate adaptive initiative to promote reforestation in schools and in the Madimba community.

The activity has provided concrete social and environmental benefits to the Madimba peri urban living environment, such as helping to secure property rights for the community living in the settlement as well as promoting adaptation developmental projects.

NECOS adopted the settlement as pilot urban climate adaptive –upgrading which was earmarked for an ecologically and sustainable developed community as a model to replicate or rolled out to other peri-urban settlement in Zambia.
The community has received training and succeeded in mobilizing resources for the implementation of different community based income generating projects.

Women were involved in leadership development activities and carrying out adaptive projects. The activity has also resulted in enhanced coordination and integrated approach to programs in the community.

The activity has increased the capacity of the Madimba community to identify constraints in planning and implementing community-based adaptation projects.

The activity has shown potential for scaleability and replicability due to the following factors:
- It has recorded an increase of schools introducing the concept of climate change clubs;
- It has trained an increasing number of community-based organizations to carry out adaptation projects;
- It has expanded its operations supporting community-based adaptation to government farms in Lusaka and other peri urban areas
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