Stakeholders unite to combat forest fires, identify need to preserve ecosystems


First Quantum Minerals (FQM) has identified uncontrolled bush fires in Zambia as a significant source of carbon emissions, surpassing those from mining activities.

Country Manager, Godwin Beene, raised the concern while urging Zambians to heed President Hakainde Hichilema’s call to address bush fires due to their adverse effects on ecosystems.

These insights were shared during a Traditional Leaders Caucus on Forest Fire Prevention organized by the Centre for Environment Justice (CEJ) in Solwezi District.

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Additionally, CEJ Board Member, Boniface Mumba, emphasized the importance of forests for providing essential resources like medicine, fuel, timber and other forest products.

Solwezi Mayor, Remmy Kalepa, representing North Western Province Permanent Secretary, Grandson Katambi, stressed the urgency to halt forest destruction due to its impact on biodiversity.

Notable attendees included several chiefs from various districts, underlining the widespread concern about forest conservation and fire prevention.

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