by Dr. Enock Sakala
Zambia is regarded as one of the highly forested country and with a forest cover of about 60% of the total land area estimated at 64 million hectares most of which is administered by rural populations. And the forests in Zambia are very important as they support rural communities which are the low-income areas. However, today the forests in the rural Zambia have been made vulnerable by man and the rate at which forest cover is being lost has increasingly become high and this is resulting into complete loss of biodiversity embodied in the Zambian forests. Deforestation is considered one of the priority environmental problems in rural Zambia and it is as a result of rural poverty, non-adherence to sustainable agricultural practices and massive charcoal production. And this deforestation is becoming a hindrance to socio-economic development of rural Zambia. And the critical question seeking urgent redress is why forests in Zambia are being heavily destroyed and where is the future of rural Zambia.
Time: 16:15 – 17:45 / Venue: Geozentrum Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 176, Ü 8
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