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October 11, 2018

Zambia Hosts SADC -JICA Expert Working Group Meeting

The SADC- JICA project on forest conservation and sustainable management of forest resources in southern Africa held the 3rd Expert Working Group Meeting on Forest Information System from 9th to 11th October, 2018 in Lusaka.


The overall goal of this workshop was to contribute to the implementation of SADC Regional Forestry Strategy 2010-2020. Some of the strategic areas of focus are on Forest Information Systems, Forest Fire Management and Participatory Forest Management.

PhotoSADC Senior Program Officer, Ms. Deborah Kahatano gives a speech at the workshop as JICA Chief Representative (c) and Deputy Resident Representative (L) looks on

The SADC Senior Program Officer for Natural Resources and Wildlife, Ms. Deborah Kahatano amplified the role of the SADC forest strategy 2010-2020 as that of guiding and facilitating the implementation of Forest management. "There are issues that transcend national borders hence the importance of the cooperation under SADC for countries that share the eco system to work together", she said

Speaking at the same event, JICA Chief Representative Mr. Junichi Hanai said that JICA recognizes that SADC region is endowed with rich natural resources which can be developed for the benefit of the people in the region. Therefore, SADC-JICA project is supporting the region to realize these benefits.

During the 3 day workshop, the participants had the opportunity to visit the Lusaka National Park at the Lusaka South Multi facility Economic Zone. They also visited one of Zambia's forest reserves in Lusaka.

PhotoParticipants during a briefing at one of Zambia's forest Reserves in Lusaka

PhotoParticipants during a briefing at one of Zambia's forest Reserves in Lusaka

PhotoParticipants pose for photos at the Lusaka National Park

Story: Lillian N. Mumba


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