Sustainable woodfuel management through community action planning and assisted natural regeneration in Zambia

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Key messages

  • Local rules on woodland management across many multifunctional landscapes exist, mostly verbally and/or orally expressed, but the extent of enforcement is limited and not well exercized by traditional institutions.
  • Local communities recognize changes in woodlands and showed interest in managing forest resources through participatory approaches and collaboration with institutions mandated to manage forests.
  • The natural resilience in woodlands for woodfuel production was demonstrated through assisted natural regeneration strategy involving management of threats (e.g., fires, weed and animal grazing) for improved vegetation recovery rates of woodfuel (charcoal and wood) production sites.
  • Local communities can be trained to envision better management of forest resources and create management plans for their landscapes, but there is need for continued support on capacity and finances to ensure self-reliance in managing forests resources.
  • The evidence-based knowledge on assisted natural regeneration and participatory forest action planning is potentially relevant for policymaking on rural development, energy production and natural resource management.

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