Stop indiscriminate cutting of trees, says Matambo


Copperbelt Minister Elisha Matambo has warned against cutting of trees for charcoal burning because the practice has been contributing to many climate challenges which various parts of the world is facing.

Mr Matambo said forests guaranteed Zambia’s essential water supply which played fundamental role in regulating rainfall patterns and for agricultural purposes, hence it was imperative that people desist from cutting trees and conserve the forests

Mr Matambo, who is also Copperbelt UPND provincial chairman, was speaking in Ndola at Chichele Forest where he officiated at a tree planting exercise organised by the Forestry Department

“When it comes to issues of Climate Change the new dawn government is committed and has created a specific ministry dealing in Climate and global warming. It is for this reason that am urging Zambians to stop cutting trees for charcoal burning as this contributed to many climate challenges the world is facing,’’ Mr Matambo said Mr Matambo had led government officials on the Copperbelt into tree planting programme to show the new dawn government’s commitment to mitigate some of the climate change effects

And Ndola District Commissioner (DC) Mr. Joseph Phiri said the tree planting exercise organised by Forestry Department and other stakeholders needed to be supported even by members of the community because deforestation was devastating to any community

Mr Phiri said the tree planting exercise must continue on the Copperbelt and Zambia at large as the rest of the world grapples with global warming and other effects of climate change.


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