‘Trees play critical role in fighting climate change’

CHALI MULENGA, Livingstone
GOVERNMENT says trees play a critical role in protecting the environment against climate change.
Livingstone district administrative officer (DAO) Harriet Kawina said it is for this reason Government is committed to supplementing efforts to protect the environment against effects of climate change.
“I want to urge the stakeholders and cooperating partners that want to ensure that Livingstone is greener to continue planting more trees so that the environment can be nurtured,” she said.
Ms Kawina said this during the tree-planting exercise in Chandamali area.
She said there is need to spearhead the preservation of the environment through the sustainable use of natural resources.
Ms Kawina said Government is committed to policies that safeguard natural resources as most economic activities depend on it.
She said the country will soon observe the national tree-planting season which will require members of the public countrywide to plant trees.
And Wildlife and Conservation Society of Zambia (WCSZ) Livingstone chapter chairperson Benjamin Mibenge urged Zambians to actively participate in planting of trees.
Mr Mibenge said there is need to educate the public on the negative effects of indiscriminate cutting down of trees.
He said the country is currently losing a number of trees to charcoal, which is an alternative source of energy.

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