Zambia extends ban on timber exports to all species

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The Zambian government on Tuesday extended its ban on timber exports to all types of timber in the country.

The government has already banned to harvest and export of the Mukula species, an endangered species as well as in-transit of the logs from other countries in the region.

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata said the government has decided to extend the ban to all timber species in the country.

She told reporters during a press briefing that the ministry will however allow concession licenses to continue operating and supplying timber to the local market.

The measure was aimed at empowering local people and ensure sustainable operations of the industry, she added.

The Zambian minister further said measures put in place to curb illegal harvesting, transportation and trade in timber between February and May this year have yielded positive results.

According to her, authorities impounded 466 trucks laden with timber logs during the period, adding that so far 272 trucks had valid documentation to transit through Zambia.

She said the trucks will soon be released to proceed to respective destinations while the remaining 194 trucks, which have no supporting legal documentation, will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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