Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Jean Kapata says government is concerned with the rate of deforestation mainly due to charcoal burning.
And a pilot bamboo project will be set up in chief Nyawa’s area in kazungula district in Southern province before the end of this year, 2018.
Speaking when she held a press briefing at her office in Lusaka today, the minister disclosed that deforestation is largely caused by unsustainable charcoal production methods used countrywide.
Ms. Kapata further stated that there is need to promote sustainable charcoal production to curb deforestation in the country.
However, she disclosed that her ministry is looking for alternatives of fast growing plant species that will provide local communities with high quality charcoal without causing deforestation.
The minister however advised all Zambians to develop a culture of planting trees and end deforestation in the country.
Meanwhile, a pilot bamboo project will be set up in chief Nyawa’s area in kazungula district in Southern province before the end of this year, 2018.
The minister who revealed the development during the briefing explained that if successful, the bamboos will be used for charcoal production and other medical purposes.
She said this initiative will reduce the cutting down of trees because bamboos will be the only species to be used for charcoal production.