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Insights of the Chinese forestry investment in Zambia: opportunities and challenges

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This presentation by Ms Mercy Mupeta Kandulu, of the Zambia Forestry Department, gives an overview of timber and non-timber investment issues linked to China in Zambia, and provides some key lessons learned.

The presentation was made at the fourth international learning event of the China-Africa Forest Governance Learning Platform, held in Pemba, Mozambique, from 23-25 October 2017.

The platform event focused on finding ways for Chinese businesses in Africa, and African businesses linked to China, to generate strong benefits for local economies in Africa while looking after forest resources for future generations.

More details: https://www.iied.org/china-africa-forest-governance-meeting-mozambique

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Insights of the Chinese forestry investment in Zambia: opportunities and challenges

  1. 1. Insights of the Chinese Forestry investment in Zambia Opportunities and challenges
  2. 2. TIME LINE CHANGES IN THE TIMBER INDUSTRY • UP TO 2005 : MOSTLY THE EUROPEAN AND REGIONAL MARKET • AFTER 2005: CHINESE ENTER THE TIMBER INDUSTRY CHANGE BUSINESS MODELS , TECHNOLOGIES • 2014: CHANGE IN POLICY , RESTRICT CONCESSIONING AND INTRODUCE RULS AND REGULATIONS FOR FOREST MANAGEMNET AND EXPORT • 2015-2016: INCREASE IN TRADE, AUTHAURISATION OF PREFERENCIAL LOG EXPORT L • 2017: BAN ON LOG EXPORT, PRESCRIPTION OF EXPORT OF FINISHED OR COMPONEMNT WOOD PRODUCT
  3. 3. CHALLENGES • POLICY CHANGES • PREFERENCES FOR LESSER KNOWN SPP • ILLEGAL TIMBER TRADE • NON ADHERENCE TO LOCAL RULES AND REGULATIONS • UNSUSTAINABLE HARVESTING PROCESSES
  4. 4. OPPORTUNITIES • ENABLING POLICIES SUPPORTING INVOLVEMENT OF FOREIGN NATIONALS IN THE TIMBER BUSINESS • AVALABLE FORESTS AND COMMERCIAL TIMBER SPECIES • HUGE YOUTHFUL UNEMPLOYED LABOUR THAT IS CHEAPER • LOW COMMUNITY INCOMES THAT CAN EASILY BE IMPACTED • CHINESE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS WITH THEIR TECHNOLOGIES , SKILLS AND INNOVATION TO PRODUCE GOODS TO SUPPORT GOVERNMENT, INTENSION TO DIVERSIFY THE ECONOMY • CHINESE CAN INVEST IN PROMOTIONG OTHER NON TIMBER SECTORS THAT CAN BENEFIT MORE PEOPLE
  5. 5. Thanks for your attention!

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