Zambia's deforestation problem

no picture MATHEWS BANDA
Member since April 3, 2014
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© UNICEF/NYHQ2007-0637/Pirozzi

The amount of rainfall largely depends on the development of the Inter- Tropical Convergence zone (ITCZ) over Africa. Here in Zambia the poor earn their living on farming and if the ITCZ shifts away from the country, it means, therefore that there will be little or no rainfall at all hence, there will be droughts. Other causes of droughts in Zambia are deforestation and the cutting down of trees. To ensure that there is a stable water table in Zambia we should avoid the cutting down of indigenous trees and ensure that more trees are planted for the formation of rainfall. We should also sensitize and raise awareness campaigns on the dangers of deforestation and illegal cutting down of trees. In conclusion, deforestation is the major contributor to the lack of rains and an unstable water table which leads to poor vegetation in Zambia.

-Mathews Banda (18 year grade 12b pupil at Luanshya boys’ secondary school, Unite 4 Change ambassador Luanshya)

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