Facility for Action for Climate Empowerment to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions (FACE NDC)

Climate change presents a major threat to the economic development of Zambia. Forestry, agriculture, and energy sectors are major contributors to the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Transformative behavioural change is required to fight climate change. The project will empower society to achieve the NDCs through three critical activities: development of context-specific climate change education materials and curricula for primary and secondary schools, universities and vocational colleges; extending support to the country’s institutional and human capacity to engage in the green transition; and working in non-formal education by strengthening clubs and civil society organizations to reach the most vulnerable and marginalized groups and ensure that young people and women have a voice in the development trajectory of the country. A GIS-based monitoring component will be developed to generate a strong evidence base and make it possible to use a behavioural science approach replicable in other countries.

Project data

IKI funding
17,479,516.79 €
06/2022 till 02/2030
Implementing organisation
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Green Economy and Environment - Zambia
Implementing Partner
  • The Copperbelt University (CBU)
  • The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • The University of Zambia (UNZA)
  • UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa

State of implementation/results


  • FACE-NDC was officially launched in Zambia, Lusaka, on 22 October 2023with Zambia’s Minister of Green Economy and Environment, Hon. Eng. Collins Nzovu.
  • The first Project Steering Committee meeting was convened in Lusaka, Zambia, on March 19, 2024. This meeting served to solidify engagement with relevant Ministries of the Government of Zambia and constitute the committee. Discussions focused on ongoing and planned activities, national priorities, and stakeholder involvement.
  • The project made significant strides in engaging with UNFCCC and was introduced at the ACE dialogue during UNFCCC COP28.
  • The project provided technical support to the Ministry of Education for curriculum review, training Curriculum Specialists, and integrating climate change education into the national curriculum framework. The Ministry of Education, with support from the project, has been actively involved in curriculum reforms, emphasizing Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Climate Change Education.
  • The project conducted several CSO training sessions, including behavioural science and M&E trainings for non-formal climate educators. Training was also provided to Scout leaders during the World Scout Jamboree 2023 and the World Scout Education Congress 2023.
  • An assessment of skills and competencies among civil servants employed in Zambian ministries relevant for the implementation of NDC measures was initiated. The assessment will be conducted for seven ministries.
  • A Concept note for establishing the Zambian Green Economy and Climate Change Week was developed and shared with the Ministry of Green Economy and Environment. The launch of this reoccurring event is planned for 2024.
  • Curriculum related to renewable energies at the University of Zambia and the Copperbelt University has been reviewed and proposal for strengthening of the materials related to the renewable energy use for, and from, agriculture and forestry value chains was initiated.
  • The project fostered collaborations with a number of ongoing projects supporting climate change mitigation in Zambia. Furthermore, collaboration with other countries, is being established to exchange knowledge and best practices in climate change education.

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