Solwezi District Administrative Officer, Christopher Nyungila has called for concerted efforts that address the indiscriminate cutting down of trees.
Mr Nyungila has advised residents to plant trees in their yards and consider establishing community woodlots.
Mr Nyungila made the call when he officiated at the international day of forestry held in Solwezi today under the theme, “Forests for sustainable cities-let’s make our cities greener, healthier and happier places to live in”.
He said the increase in the country’s population each year has resulted in the need for infrastructure development thereby placing a high demand for cleared land.
He forest expert said this year’s theme underpins the importance and benefits of forests to people’s livelihoods in cities.
“Trees provide us with food, shelter and store carbon which helps to mitigate the impact of climate change in and around urban areas hence the need to conserve our forests,” he said.
Speaking at the same event, North-Western Province Principle Forestry Officer Serah Simbao people need to work together in making cities greener and better places to live in.
Ms Simbao urged people to work hard in conserving forests if they are to continue enjoying the direct and indirect benefits which trees provide.