Zambia’s launching of a National Lands Policy on 11 May 2021 represents an important achievement after almost two decades of periodic drafting, consultation and validation attempts.
Matt Sommerville is the Chief of Party of the USAID-funded Tenure and Global Climate Change Program, which is implemented by Tetra Tech. The program includes activities to improve climate change mitigation and adaptation through strengthening land and resource rights. Activities take place in Zambia, Burma, Vietnam, Ghana and Paraguay. Since 2014, Matt has been backstopping a customary land certfication process that has resulted in the documentation of over 15,000 parcels of land across five chiefdoms in Zambia's Eastern Province.