Sawmillers seek court redress to overturn export moratorium

The Zambia National Association of Sawmillers (ZNAS) is seeking a court order to overturn the timber export moratorium. In February, Lands Minister Jean Kapata imposed the ban on all timber species, including the sought-after Mukula tree. She said the move must curb illegal harvesting which leads to deforestation. Kapata said…

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Zambian Mukula traders sue government over export ban

Mukula traders, reeling from the adverse effects of the moratorium on the export of the sought-after timber species, have dragged the Zambian government to court. Government last month imposed an export ban on several species, including Mukula, to curb illegal harvest and trade. The legal action comes only days after…

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Sawmillers appeal to government to lift mukula trade ban

Sawmillers are appealing to government to lift the Mukula trade ban, but government is refusing to budge. In a related developed, details about the mukula-laden trucks which were cleared to transit through Zambia, are still sketchy. Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata said government will continue to protect…

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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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