- 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.
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Illegal logging is a growing feature of transnational organized crime in Africa, often facilitated by the collusion of senior officials, with far-reaching security and environmental implications for the countries affected.
Drawing from Center fro Africa Strategic Stiudies recent report, which is based on recent research and programmatic work at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, we have analyzed three ways that illegal logging affects national security and what that means for current measures to counter it.
The CITES Management Authority of Zambia has requested the Secretariat to inform all Parties
that twenty permits have been lost
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.
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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