29 January 2015
The government says Zambia is facing a number of challenges in reducing deforestation which is caused by various factors.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Dr Chileshe Mulenga said at the sensitisation workshop on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) for provincial and district stakeholders in Chipata on Tuesday that the forest resources continue to be under pressure both in quality and quantity.
Dr Mulenga said in a speech read on his behalf by provincial local government officer Macleod Nyirenda that the pressure was caused by a combination of factors such as extensive practices of shifting cultivation and slash and burn which was increasing demand for wood based energy.
He said firewood and charcoal has continued to be utilised of the known commercial indigenous three species on unsustainable basis like encroachment, over-grazing, forest fires and infrastructure development.
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