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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Petition : Lower Zambezi National Park

Please sign this important petition against proposed mining in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia.

Let's us be the change. Let's make a difference. Please share it around with family and friends and support this great effort to bring the madness to a stop!





    Mwembeshi Resources Limited intends to develop the Kangaluwi Copper Project located in the Lusaka Province within the Lower Zambezi National Park. The project site lies within the chiefdom of his Royal Highness Chief Mbuluma in Luangwa District. The project will develop the main open pit at Kangaluwi and satellite pits at Kalulu, Chisawa and Imboo and will produce about 8 million tonnes of copper ore per annum. The development of the Kangaluwi mining operation will be over a period of two and a half years and see the construction of a Copper Sulphide Concentrator, Tailings Storage Facility, Waste Rock Dump, Maintenance Workshops and other associated facilities. The copper concentrate from the mining operations will be transported by road from the project area to already existing smelters on the Copperbelt for the final extraction and refining of copper metal.

    This notice therefore, serves to inform members of the general public, interested and affected parties that in line with the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations; SI. No. 28, of 1997, the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) will hold two public hearing meetings for the kangaluwi copper project in Luangwa district, Lusaka province.

    Venue : Chiawa Basic School
    Time : 09:00 hours
    Date : 16th June, 2012

    Venue : Council Chamber –Luangwa District Council
    Time : 09:00 hours
    Date : Mon 18th June, 2012

    Please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned during office hours from 09:00 hours to 16:00 hours should there be any other issue herein needing our attention.

    The Acting Director
    Zambia Environmental Management Agency
    Corner of Church and Suez Roads
    P.O Box 35131, Lusaka
    E-mail :
    Tel : +260 211 254023 / 59
    Fax : +260 211 254164

  2. Following the lodging of several responses to the EIA for this project, there will be public hearings at Chiawa Basic School at 0900 on Sat 16th June and Council Chamber, Luangwa District Council at 0900 on Monday 18th June.

  3. Yes, but can you explain this?:
     Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7B. And, Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.7, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), Welcomes the decision of the State Party of Zambia not to approve the proposed mining operations in Chiawa Game Management Area and Lower Zambezi National Park nor the original proposal for a tourist and conference facility in the Chiawa Game Management Area across the river from the property, which could have impacted the property’s Outstanding Universal Value; Notes that mining exploration is on-going in other parts of the Lower Zambezi Catchment, and considers that mining exploration and exploitation in the catchment could adversely affect the property if not strictly regulated; Encourages the State Party of Zambia to consider nominating the adjacent Lower Zambezi National Park in order to eventually constitute a joint trans-boundary inscription on the World Heritage List, in line with the World Heritage Committee’s recommendation at the time of inscription; Requests the State Party of Zambia to: Ensure that any redesigned tourist and conference facility in the Chiawa Game Management Area across the river from the property be subject to a new Environmental Impact Assessment which should include an assessment of the impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, in accordance with Article 6 of the Convention; Submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, a report on progress in implementing the mission recommendations concerning mineral exploration and mining and tourism development and on the status of the mining activities and tourism developments which could affect the property.

    ZAWA has openly come out against mining in national parks in the past; but did they pass the Enviromental Brief? The Zambezi Valley chiefs oppose mining in the Zambezi. Who is driving this p.p.particular p.plunder? I thought the P.P..PF was our guardian of nature?

    ZEMA is acting ultra vires. Minister Prof. Nkanda Luo: Ministry of Local Government, Early Education and Environmental Protection, take note.

  4. I don't think anyone is disputing the fact that mining in the NP should be allowed full stop but, for whatever reasons, the licence was given and ZAWA were involved, albeit all decisions taken prior to the PF coming to power. The first step though has to be to get a freeze on the whole project whilst the EIS is reviewed. Several civil society groups are working hard on this and have produced quality submissions to ZEMA which led to the next phase(under the new legislation) - the public meetings.
    The Environmental Protection ministerial brief has moved again, this time to Lands, Natural Resources and Env. Protection under Minister Wilbur Simuusa, though ZAWA is still under Tourism.

  5. sorry, first sentence should read 'not be allowed'...

  6. I find it disgusting how one could even contemplate mining in the natural beauty of the Zambezi, I have visited the Lower Zambezi only on a couple of occasions as i live on the other side of the world, but these couple of visits changed my life, so peaceful and filled such beauty, Bao Babs, 'sausage trees' etc blossom throughout the national park, Lions roam with many other spectacular creatures over this land, yet a few small minded individuals are willing to harm, maybe even destroy this. If the mining is allowed, then more mining will occur in these parts in the future, there must be a stop to this, campaign as if your life depended on it, safe the Wildlife Of Zambia


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