New Push to Save Zambia's Forests
Zambia’s deforestation rate is alarmingly high. Zambia is one of the most forested countries in Africa but at the global level it is among the top 10 greenhouse gas emitting countries as a result of deforestation and degradation, according to United Nations data. A new government Integrated Land Use Assessment Report estimates the deforestation rates to be approximately 276,000 hectares per year. The changes in deforestation suggest an increase in unsustainable forest resource use, according to the report. The Forest Regeneration Project - an initiative funded by the Global Environment Facility(GEF) with UNDP support in the implementation through the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection - is being piloted in forest communities in Zambia’s Central Province, which has over the years experienced accelerated deforestation rates mainly due to fuel-wood production and agricultural expansion with little effort put into regeneration of the indigenous forests.