MTK in Zambia
Monday, July 2, 2012
Poverty and deforestation go hand in hand in Zambia.
When there is shortage of cash, one cuts forests. Once the forests have been cut, it is even more difficult to earn money
According to FAO, the forest cover in Zambia decreases annually approximately 167 000 ha. After 50 years of intensive farming, the villagers in Lusitu have had a rude awakening. Finland has started to support the Lusitu village in their attempts to reforestate the area by promoting tree nurseries and sustainable forest management. The goal is for every household to plant 200 new trees and manage them. The villagers have realized that they are the ones to make the change. A development project has succeeded once it is no longer needed.
Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) in Finland, June 2012
ZNFU Chairman Jervis Zimba and Executive Director Ndambo Ndambo visited a storm damage harvesting site in western Finland. Mr. Zimba said he would like to learn from the Finnish experiences in forestry and take the lessons to Zambia, since the Zambian forest owners are not organized nor are there much forest left after intensive loggings. In Zambia forests are not considered as a profitable investment and forest management such as replanting is unheard.