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Forests Act, 2015 (Act No. 4 of 2015).

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An Act to provide for the establishment and declaration of National Forests, Local Forests, joint forest management areas, botanical reserves, private forests and community forests; provide for the participation of local communities, local authorities, traditional institutions, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders in sustainable forest management; provide for the conservation and use of forests and trees for the sustainable management of forests ecosystems and biological diversity; establish the Forest Development Fund; provide for the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Water Fowl Habitat, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention to Combat Desertification in those Countries experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, particularly in Africa and any other relevant international agreement to which Zambia is a party; repeal and replace the Forests Act, 1999; and provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.
Environment gen., Forestry, Water, Wild species & ecosystems
Soil conservation/soil improvement Gender and natural resources Governance Desertification International agreement-implementation Traditional knowledge/indigenous knowledge Climate change Basic legislation Forest management/forest conservation Forestry protection measures Ecosystem preservation Timber extraction/logging Protected area Protection forest Afforestation/reforestation Public forest Marking/identification Institution Special fund Classification/declassification Authorization/permit Community management Private forest Enforcement/compliance Offences/penalties Basin/catchment/watershed Sustainable development Sustainable use Biodiversity Protection of species Wetlands
Geographical area
Africa, Eastern Africa, Landlocked Developing Nations, Least Developed Countries

This Act concerns the management and conservation of forest resources and, to some extent, the protection of biological diversity and generally the environment in Zambia. It consists of 107 sections divided into 11 Parts: Preliminary (I); Forestry Department (II); Forest Management and Development(III); Forest Management Plans and Conservation Orders (IV); Protected Flora (V); Regulation of Forest Produce (VI); Marking of Timber (VII); The Forest Development Fund (VIII); Enforcement IX); Offence

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References - Legislation


Forests Act 1999 (Act No. 7 of 1999).

Legislation | Zambia | 1999 | Repealed

Keyword: Soil conservation/soil improvement, Gender and natural resources, Governance, Desertification, International agreement-implementation, Traditional knowledge/indigenous knowledge, Basic legislation, Forest management/forest conservation, Forestry protection measures, Ecosystem preservation, Timber extraction/logging, Protected area, Protection forest, Afforestation/reforestation, Public forest, Marking/identification, Institution, Classification/declassification, Authorization/permit, Basin/catchment/watershed, Biodiversity, Protection of species


Implemented by

Forests (Community Forest Management) Regulations, 2018 (S.I. No. 11 of 2018).

Legislation | Zambia | 2018

Keyword: Forest management/forest conservation, Community management, Non-governmental entity, Contract/agreement, Timber extraction/logging, Authorization/permit, Access and benefit sharing


Other references

Implements treaty

Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat

Treaty | Multilateral | Ramsar |

Keyword: Biodiversity, Ecosystem preservation, Birds, Protection of habitats, Wetlands, Monitoring, Management/conservation, Migratory species, Coastal zone management, Protected area, Land-use planning

Source: IUCN (ID: TRE-000531)

Implements treaty

Convention on Biological Diversity

Treaty | Multilateral | Rio de Janeiro |

Keyword: Ecosystem preservation, Institution, EIA, Subsidy/incentive, Policy/planning, Crops/grasses, Biodiversity, Sustainable use, Monitoring, Dispute settlement, Protected area, Ex-situ conservation, Alien species, Financing, Education, Data collection/reporting, Access and benefit sharing, Traditional rights/customary rights, Genetic resources, Biotechnology, Research, Protection of habitats, Liability/compensation, Management/conservation, Technology transfer

Source: IUCN (ID: TRE-001148)

Implements treaty

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Treaty | Multilateral | New York |

Keyword: Inventory, Access-to-information, Climate change, Sustainable development, Dispute settlement, Research, International organization, Public participation, EIA, Monitoring, Intergenerational equity, Technology transfer, Education, Precautionary principle, Data collection/reporting, Ozone layer, Emissions

Source: IUCN (ID: TRE-001147)

Implements treaty

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, particulary in Africa

Treaty | Multilateral | Paris |

Keyword: Erosion, Food security, Capacity building, Policy/planning, Research, Standards, Public participation, Environmental indicators, Sustainable use, Financing, Monitoring, Technology transfer, Soil conservation/soil improvement, Education, Data collection/reporting, Dispute settlement, Desertification, Early warning system/emergency intervention system

Source: IUCN (ID: TRE-001200)

Implements treaty

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

Treaty | Multilateral | Washington |

Keyword: Inventory, Wild flora, Authorization/permit, Endangered species, Certification, Biodiversity, International trade, Protected plant species, Protected animal species, Wild fauna, Wildlife products, Management/conservation, Offences/penalties, International agreement-text, Trade in species

Source: IUCN (ID: TRE-000483)