THERE is need for both Government and traditional leaders to partner in the fight against deforestation, says Chief Mutondo’s spokesperson Gilbert Kalambwe.
He said the fight against deforestation and charcoal burning could be won if traditional leaders who lived with their subjects came on board to end the vice.
Mr Kalambwe said there should be means of strengthening the provincial capacity to continuously monitor and assess the forest resources in the area.
He said more information about the forestry would improve the sustainable management of forest resources, considering that most of the people were dependant on natural resources, such as charcoal burning for their livelihood.
Mr Kalambwe said Government should promote eco-friendly sources of energy instead of allowing rural communities to heavily depend on charcoal for their cooking.
He said any efforts made by the Government on community forest projects to reduce deforestation should be appreciated.
“Chiefdoms should play their roles and they should partner with the Government in participating in the fight against deforestation because they are the ones who live with the people. We know the challenges our people are facing but deforestation could be avoided if there were alternatives,” he said.
On Friday, President Edgar Lungu directed the Ministry of Lands, Environment and Natural Resources to immediately halt the logging and smuggling of the Mukula tree.
Mr Lungu observed that there was wanton destruction of the forest in Zambia by unscrupulous people