Importance of Natural Reserve Forest no 27

Importance of Natural Reserve Forest no 27

Lusaka East Forest Reserve No. 27 was until a few months ago, the only public protected area and large natural green space in the immediate proximity of Zambia s capital city, Lusaka. The reserve was originally set up to protect the source of the Chalimbana River and is part of an important
catchment s area that provides invaluable social, economic and ecological services. Despite its importance, Lusaka East Forest Reserve No. 27 has been demarcated and shared by senior government officials led by Vice President Inonge Wina, Chief justice Irene Mambilima, Speaker Patrick Matibini and others.

President Edgar degazzetted this important natural reserve on 17 August 2017 hence starting the process to dismantle it and the river and areas it was meant to protect just for the sake of a few individuals.

Was President Lungu aware of what he was really doing it he was misled by his ministers whose interest was personal? It’s not too late for president Lungu to undo this national destruction:

Quarter degree square: 1528A4

Country: Zambia

Habitat: Miombo woodland

Altitude range: 1300 m

Annual rainfall: 551-650 mm

Location (short): Lusaka E 15 km. Lusaka district, Lusaka Province

Location (detailed):

Description

The Lusaka East Forest Reserve, or Local Forest #27, was created in order to protect the headwaters of the Chalimbana River, which drains most of the area east of the city, and flows eastward to its confluence with the Chongwe River south of Chongwe town. The survey beacon Namabiro, near Trotover Farm, is the highest point in the reserve, at 1342m, and the lowest point, is where the Chalimbana crosses the eastern boundary, at 1220m. The Chalimbana tributaries have cut valleys through the schist. This hilly topography contrasts with most of Lusaka and the surrounding areas, which are generally flat. The underlying geology is schist, which at the southern section of the reserve, frequently occurs in flat sheets. These have been much quarried in the past, and were used in the construction of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Although there may be no exposed limestone, the borehole at Talimitengo, about 250m from the southern boundary of the reserve, is limey, indicating subsurface limestone. The southern sector of the reserve is here defined as that portion lying to the south of the Palabana-Lusaka ZESCO transmission lines. It is triangular in shape with each side approximately

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