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LDC, G77
World Bank Income Group
Lower middle income
Global Climate Risk Index

The annually published Global Climate Risk Index analyses to what extent countries have been affected by the impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.).

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Share of Global Emissions
Laws, Acts, Constitutions (legislative branch)
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Court cases and tribunal proceedings
Climate targets in National Law & Policy

Latest Documents

, 2021

Zambia First NDC (Updated submission), Nationally Determined Contribution from Zambia in 2021

, 2020

This document systematically examines the country's learning and skills development needs to respond to the impacts of climate change. It aims to strengthen individual and institutional systemic capacities of the energy, health, forestry, agriculture and education sectors to enable them deliver climate change learning and contribute to the implementation of the NDC and NAP...

, 2020

Zambia. Biennial update report (BUR). BUR 1., Biennial Update Report from Zambia in 2020

, 2020

Zambia. National communication (NC). NC 3., National Communication from Zambia in 2020

, 2018

The ccGAP is an intersectional document aiming at advancing women empowerment and enabling gender equality while setting climate change response plans. It focuses in priority on sustainable agriculture and food security; Health; Forests, biodiversity and wildlife; Water security, Disaster risk reduction, preparedness and resilience; Infrastructure; Energy; and Tourism. It ...

  • conditional pledge of reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 25% (20,000 Gg CO2 eq.) by 2030 against a base year of 2010 under the Business As Usual (BAU) scenario with limited 12 international support or by 47% (38,000 Gg CO2 eq.) with substantial international support From 2016 iNDC: 20,000 GgCO2eq (unconditional) to 38,000 GgCO2eq (conditional) reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 compared to the BAU scenario, equivalent to 25% to 47% reduction compared to 2010Economy-wide | Target year: 2030
  • Rate of deforestation reduced by 25% and co-management regimes established in 60% of major fisheries by 2020 against a 2015 baselineLULUCF: Afforestation | Target year: 2020Source: Second National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2025
  • 40% share of wood fuel in energy sector by 2030Energy | Target year: 2030Source: Zambia's Climate Change Gender Action Plan (CCGAP)

Legislative Process

Zambia has a dual legal system made up of civil law and common law, although the majority of court decisions are based on the latter. The Constitution of Zambia was promulgated in 1991. Its article 1 establishes the supremacy of the Constitution above any other written law, customary law and customary practice. The President is the head of the State and commander in chief of armed forces. The Parliament of Zambia, the legislative authority of the country, consists of the President and the National Assembly. The judicial power, formally independent, consists of the Supreme Court, the High Court, subordinate magistrate’s courts, and local courts. Article 127 of this Constitution provides for a Constitutional Court, comprised 13 members. This Court has jurisdiction over constitutional interpretation and constitutionality of legislations, among other things (article 128). This article establishes the following: “1. Subject to Article 28, the Constitutional Court has original and final jurisdiction to hear—a. a matter relating to the interpretation of this Constitution; b. a matter relating to a violation or contravention of this Constitution; c. a matter relating to the President, Vice-President or an election of a President; d. appeals relating to election of Members of Parliament and councillors; and e. whether or not a matter falls within the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court. 2. Subject to Article 28 (2), where a question relating to this Constitution arises in a court, the person presiding in that court shall refer the question to the Constitutional Court. 3. Subject to Article 28, a person who alleges that— a. an Act of Parliament or statutory instrument; b. an action, measure or decision taken under law; or c. an act, omission, measure or decision by a person or an authority; contravenes this Constitution, may petition the Constitutional Court for redress. 4. A decision of the Constitutional Court is not appealable to the Supreme Court” (article 128).