The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) has observed that chemicals can negatively affect human health and the environment even though they were important in sustaining the global economy.
ZEMA Director General Joseph Sakala said there was therefore need to properly manage chemicals.
Mr. Sakala has since called for strong and sound national environmental interventions that would reduce the negative impact of chemicals on human health and the environment.
He said government was making significant progress both at national and international level in the area of sound chemical management.
He however said these efforts have not been sufficient in protecting human health and the environment.
Mr. Sakala further noted that inadequate environmental interventions may result in huge burdens on the country’s economy thereby increasing poverty levels.
He was speaking in Lusaka today when he opened a two day workshop which is discussing the mainstreaming of environmental issues relating to chemical management into national plans.
And speaking at the same occasion, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Managing Attorney, David Azoulay, said it has not been easy to attain adequate management of chemicals because of various challenges such as high cost of maintenance.
The workshop has attracted participants from various government departments, the United Nations and the private sector.