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Risk Score
67.6
Risk Profile
Higher Risk
Conflict State
No
Log Export Restriction
Yes
Other Timber Export Restrictions
Yes
Import Regulation
No
Legality Risks Click for details on legality risks
  • Despite improvements to the legislative framework for forest management, particularly over the last decade, illegal logging is still reportedly widespread in Zambia.
  • The majority of Zambia’s timber trade is with China, where high proportions of logs and sawnwood are exported illegally without valid harvest/sawmill licenses.
  • Intermittent harvest moratoria and export bans for some species have been announced publicly in recent years, without written legislation which has undermined enforcement.
  • Corruption in the forest sector has been tied to the highest-level political actors.
  • Regional trafficking of illegal timber remains a problem and is linked with the illegal wildlife trade.
  • Enforcement remains weak and continues to undermine harvest and export bans.

Read more by downloading the Zambia Timber Legality Risk Dashboard here.

Latest Updates Click for latest news from Zambia
June 8, 2022

The CITES Management Authority of Zambia has requested the Secretariat to inform all Parties
that twenty permits have been lost

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March 30, 2022

Located in Zambia’s North-Western Province, the greater Kafue National Park and West Lunga ecosystem complex was once home to an abundance of ancient rosewood trees and a host of other endemic and endangered species. Now, aerial views reveal slabs of fallen trees peppering black holes in the green forest canopy. Fenced clearings open up to piles of orange rosewood, stacked high in the grounds of a sawmill. Forest clearing is slowly destroying an ancient ecosystem that once teemed with biodiversity, from elephants to lions. Today, little more than a few antelope are left roaming the area.

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September 15, 2021

Zambia’s High Commission has confirmed that Lusaka had seized 200 Tanzanian-registered trucks over illegal logging. High Commissioner Benson Chali told The Citizen that the lorries were found carrying protected mukula (Pterocarpus chrysothrix) logs without valid permits.

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Methodology
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Timber Data Tool
Click here to access the Global Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (ILAT) Risk assessment tool and to download the Forest Trends User Guide describing the functionality of the ILAT Risk Data Tool.
Export Restrictions
Click here to download a database of forest policy export restrictions.