The French Minister says over reliance on charcoal as an alternative energy source may lead to deforestation which would in turn ultimately lead to climate change. She has urged Zambians to explore other energy sources such as solar energy. FRENCH Minister of Environment S`egole`ne Royal says the alternative source of energy (charcoal) that most Zambians have turned to due to increased load shedding is causing deforestation in the country.
The French Minister said over reliance on charcoal as an alternative energy source may lead to deforestation which would in turn ultimately lead to climate change.
“The Government is waiting for rain in order for the water levels to normalise yet deforestation will prevent this rain from coming,” she revealed.
Ms. Royal further urged Zambians to utilise solar energy in a bid to reduce on deforestation.
“We have set good examples of safe energy in Senegal and we also want Zambia to benefit from this technology,” she added.
Ms. Royal also said the French Government is raising funds to put up solar equipment as well as undertake a green campaign aimed at combating climate change in Zambia.
“The green campaign is simply about encouraging people to use environmentally safe products and devices. It is about turning the negative environmental impacts into positive ones,” the Minister added.
She further said the French Government is also preparing for a climate conference in Southern Africa adding that her government is exerting pressure on carbon emitting countries in Asia and Europe to mention but a few in order to reduce climate change.
“Zambia can also contribute to the climate awareness campaign by urging countries in the Southern African Developing Countries (SADC) region to participate in regional meetings concerning climate change,” she said.
The French Minister said this during a press briefing held at Alliance Francais held under the theme ‘the 60th solution for climate change.’
ZANACO OPEN A THREE LEAD IN MTN/FAZ SUPER LEAGUE
Zanaco Football club has continued occupying first position on the MTN/FAZ Super league table after recording their third back to back victory with Real Nakonde being their latest casualties in Week 32 round of matches played between yesterday and Tuesday 24th October.
Zanaco’s Heritier Nkonko was first to find the back of the net for the bankers against Real in the 36th minute while a 69th minute second-half goal by Felix Nyaende condemned Real Nakonde to their 20th loss of the season.
Meanwhile, Second placed Green Buffaloes yesterday played to a zero zero stalemate with Lusaka Dynamos while Kitwe based Power dynamos on Tuesday managed to salvage a one all draw against their copperbelt rivals Zesco United.
And Nkana yesterday thrashed Nkwazi by two goals to zero in a thrilling match played at Nkana stadium with Striker Ronald Sate Sate Kampamba scoring in the 26th minute through a Harrison Chisala assist.
Nkana continued to search for a second goal and their efforts were rewarded as left back Dieugo Apanane's ferocious goal from a free kick in the 85th minute pushed the Kitwe based to fourth position on the table.
This means Zanaco still seat in first position with 60 points from 32 games played while Green Buffaloes trail the bankers in second place with 57 points from 32 games.
Zesco united are in third position with 56 points and two games in hand while Nkana occupy fourth position on 55 points after 32 games played.
At the bottom of the table in relegation waters is City of Lusaka seating on 20th position after recording their 24th loss of the season from 31 games, while Mufulira Wanderers, Konkola Blades and Real Nakonde occupy 17th, 18th, and 19th positions respectively.
THE FAZ/MTN SUPER LEAGUE TABLE AFTER WEEK 32 ROUND OF MATCHES
WEEK 32 FULL RESULTS
Zesco 1-1 Power Dynamos
Lumwana Radiants 0-1 Napsa Stars
Nkana 2-0 Nkwazi
Zanaco 2-0 Real Nakonde
Konkola Blades 1-2 Red Arrows
Mufulira Wanderers 0-0 Choma Eagles
Nchanga Rangers 1-0 Buildcon
Green Buffaloes 0-0 Lusaka Dynamos
City of Lusaka 0-1 Kabwe Warriors
Nakambala Leopards 0-0 Forest Rangers ... See MoreSee Less
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