Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Christabel Ngimbu said during a press briefing that the suspension will be in effect until all the regulations and procedures have been completed.

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The government, she said, is in the process of reviewing old regulations and develop new ones in order to enhance sustainable management of the country’s forest resources.

The government recently enacted a new law to govern the operations of the forest sector which requires operationalization.

The new law has a number of features that address emerging issues in the forest sector, she added.

Last month, the government announced that it will put in place measures that will ensure that no raw timber is exported out of the country as a way of promoting value addition and creating employment.

Zambia has about 50 million hectares of forests but the country loses between 250,000 and 300,000 hectares of forests each year, according to government figures.

Zambia’s forests could contribute up to 10 percent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) if properly managed. Currently, the forest contributes less than 1 percent to the GDP. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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