The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has today approved an International Development Association IDA credit of $100 million for Zambia to improve natural resource management in select districts.

World Bank Country Manager for Zambia Ina Ruthenberg says in a statement in Lusaka today that the Transforming Landscapes for Resilience and Development TRALARD project will support sustainable use of natural resources for livelihoods, and help the government of Zambia respond adequately and timely to emergency.

She said the project will target 16 districts in three Provinces, among them, Chifunabuli, Kawambwa, Lunga and  Nchelenge among others.

Ms. Ruthenberg noted that the current impact of natural resource degradation on Zambia’s economy and livelihoods of its people is costing about 0.4 percent in annual economic growth and is projected to increase.