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Solidaridad embarks on Mazabuka land sustainability project

Mazabuka town

MEMORY MANINGA, Lusaka
IN AN effort to combat the negative effects of climate change, an organisation called Solidaridad Zambia is piloting an environmental sustainability project in Mazabuka district aimed at promoting sustainable land management.
Speaking in an interview last week, Mazabuka town clerk Wisdom Bwalya said the organisation has chosen to pilot the project there since Mazabuka town is predominantly involved in agricultural activities.
Mr Bwalya said the main objectives of the project is to initiate smart ways of doing agriculture so as to maintain the country’s food security, preserve Zambia’s forests and improve the fish farming sector in the country.
He said this will be done through conducting sensitisation programmes aimed at educating people in the areaa on the best practices for environmental protection.
“Solidaridad Zambia is an organisation that focuses on promoting sustainable land management in areas such as agriculture, forest management and so on. The organisation will first pilot this project in Mazabuka district for a period of five years before considering extending it to other parts of the country,” Mr Bwalya said.
Mr Bwalya said it is of great concern that forests have continued to be depleted in the country noting that there is need to monitor the situation to avoid the escalation of the effects of climate change.
Mr Bwalya also cited the poor methods of fishing in the country as a setback to the growth of the fishing sector saying local fishermen still require more education on the best methods to improve the sector.
“It is common knowledge that our forests are being depleted, not only in Mazabuka but other areas as well. We see some charcoal being sold by individuals along the roads when we are travelling but this needs to be stopped in order to preserve our forests.
“Our fishermen as well need to stop using mosquito nets to fish because whenever they do this, they end up capturing small fishes that need to be given a chance to grow,” he said.

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