Mining project-Zambia – The Zambia Community Natural Resources Management Forum (ZCBNRM), representing over 100 environmental organizations in Zambia, has registered its disappointment with the decision of the Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Harry Kalaba, to approve the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of the Kangaluwi Mining Project by Zambezi Resources Limited, saying the project has been rejected by many stakeholders and will be a national tragedy.
In September 2012, Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) rejected the proposed large scale mining activities in Lower Zambezi National Park based on solid technical grounds.
“As Civil Society Organisations, we are re-engaging government using all available avenues as provided by the Laws of Zambia to find a sustainable solution to this issue. We are calling upon well meaning Zambians to rally behind this noble cause as the EIS did not even meet required local and international standards,” a statement released by ZCBNRM said.
Zambezi was granted a large scale mining licence for its Kangaluwi copper project, 180km east of the capital, Lusaka, by government in March 2011 on the condition of approval of an Environmental Impact Statement, but ZEMA in September 2012 said it did not approve the EIS.
Kalaba, who recently announced the approval of the EIS of Kangaluwi Mining Project, acknowledged that there were adequate cost effective technologies and methods available to address all potential impacts that could arise.
He also said that wildlife management in the area will be enhanced and conserved by the management scheme proposed in the submission by Zambezi.