Kenya ponders plan to compel land owners to plant trees

In an attempt to stem severe deforestation, Kenya wants to enact bylaws to compel land owners with more than 1 acre to plant at least 100 indigenous tree seedlings. Other measures being considered in the renewed push to address forest destruction, included the use of prisoners to plant trees. “Those…

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Zambia to deploy more rangers to stop deforestation

More forest rangers will soon be deployed to curb the destruction of forests, said Zambian Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Jean Kapata. Kapata said deploying the guards will also strengthen the fight against the illegal trade in Mukula trees. “We are looking at recruiting at least 450 new forest…

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Poor access to seedlings hampering Zambian efforts to curb deforestation

Zambia’s efforts to curb deforestation are being hampered by poor access to seedlings, says a survey by Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAF). PSAF Executive Director Lillian Kiefer said communities affected by deforestation don’t have access to seedlings of indigenous and exotic species to enable them to fight rapid deforestation. “Following…

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Failure to curb charcoal burning escalates Zambia’s deforestation – FAO

The failure to curb charcoal burning is behind Zambia’s rapid deforestation, says a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) consultant. Makweti Sishekanu says Zambia has effective legislation but dismally fails to mobilise communities against charcoal burning, the main cause of deforestation. “We can no longer cite legal hindrance as…

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