Dr Kenneth Nkowani, director at the department of Environment and Natural Resources says "if we are to conserve biodiversity, it is important to relate it to the livelihood of the people of Zambia.
At global level there are targets set for the year 2010."Dr Nkowani
explains that the Zambian Government has translated the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) into Tonga and Lozi in Southern and Western provinces so that people understand the issue at hand. Biodiversity loss has immensely contributed to the below normal rainfall experienced in the two provinces."Over-grazing and bad farming methods that some farmers' use has exacerbated the loss," he
also says agro-ecological zones will shift due to climate change and issues of species, pests and plants may change if no proactive measures are taken."It is every Zambian's responsibility to look after the resource if our livelihood is to be sustained, emphasises Dr Nkowani
, adding that food production is directly related to biodiversity conservation.He
explains that biodiversity is important for today and generations to come and impact heavily on agriculture because it has a big link with food production, forestry, fisheries and mining.Dr Nkowani
also stresses the need for people to work hand in hand with the Government in order to achieve the 2010 biodiversity target, failure to which biodiversity loss will increase to the detriment of the nation.