Mining in lower Zambezi National Park

It seems that we have a definitive decision on whether or not mining should be allowed in the Lower Zambezi National Park or not. The answer is NO. Let’s hope that this is really a final NO.

Mining in lower Zambezi National Park

It seems that we have a definitive decision on whether or not mining should be allowed in the Lower Zambezi National Park or not. The answer is NO. Let’s hope that this is really a final NO.

The parliamentary Committee on Lands, Environment and Tourism has recommended the rejection of mining activities in the Lower Zambezi National Park, including the proposed Kangaluwi Copper Project by Mwembeshi Resources owned by Zambezi Resources of Australia.

In 2012, the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) rejected the company’s Environmental Impact Study for the project. However, Mwembeshi stated that it was certain that its appeal would achieve “a successful outcome.” “Senior ministers in the Zambian government, including the Minister for Mines, Energy and Water Development, remain fully supportive of the project and have been surprised at the decision of ZEMA,” stated Frank Vanspeybroeck, CEO of Zambezi Resources.

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The parliamentary committee found that Mwembeshi’s mining license had been issued fraudulently and should be revoked. Mwembeshi was apparently issued with a minimal (prospecting) mining license prior to undertaking an Environmental Impact Assessment. “There should be no mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park, which should be reserved and preserved as a conservation area and heritage for purposes of tourism development,” the committee stated according to the Post.

Meanwhile government is pursuing the construction of the Chiawa-Feira Road running through the Lower Zambezi National Park. The Road Development Agency has just called for consultants to undertake the road’s design.

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