Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited has teamed up with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to plant 10,000 trees at the source of the Zambezi River in Ikelenge District.
This initiative, a crucial part of the Let’s Secure the Zambezi campaign, aims to counter the devastating impacts of climate change and promote environmental sustainability.
Mr. Eric Ngondo, Head of Brand and Marketing at Stanbic, emphasized the bank’s commitment to addressing the effects of climate change through its partnership with WWF.
The tree-planting initiative follows Stanbic’s pledge to plant one tree for every ticket sold at the 2023 Stanbic Music Festival, which featured Grammy Award-winning artist Ne-Yo.
Stanbic CEO, Mr. Mwindwa Siakalima, underscored the importance of the Let’s Secure the Zambezi campaign as part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility portfolio.
He stated that the planting of 10,000 trees is crucial for mitigating the effects of climate change and preserving the Zambezi River’s source.
Mr. Siakalima also announced the launch of a documentary aimed at raising awareness about the threats facing the Zambezi River source.
Expressing gratitude for the continued partnership with WWF Zambia, Mr. Siakalima emphasized the need for collective action to counter deforestation and climate change.
Nachilala Nkombo, WWF Zambia Country Director, commended the collaboration, stating that the campaign would limit deforestation in Ikelenge District and promote environmental conservation.
Ms. Nkombo highlighted the second phase of the campaign, involving the engagement of local schools and residents in preserving the natural environment and ecosystem.
She further stated that the Let’s Secure Zambezi initiative, a joint effort by Stanbic Bank Zambia and WWF Zambia, seeks to restore the Zambezi’s source by planting trees and conducting awareness activities.