Zambia’s informal timber trade

February 8, 2018

Over the past few years, informal trade in mukula, a valuable hardwood similar to rosewood, has improved livelihoods for rural Zambians who harvest and sell the wood. But logging is increasingly tightly regulated as the environmental costs of the trade in mukula become clearer, which has implications for those who depend on it as a source of cash income.

In a new video commissioned by DEGRP researchers at IIED, loggers share how the mukula trade has benefited them, and reflect on the challenge of safeguarding livelihoods while protecting the forest.