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Mining in Park thrown out

Mining in Park thrown out

Mining in Park thrown out

In a landmark decision, the Zambia Environmental Management Agency has rejected mining activities in the Lower Zambezi National Park, under the Environmental Management Act of 2011.

Despite the ruling, Zambezi Resources, the developers behind the proposed mining development, have lodged an appeal to the Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.

Zambezi Resources is an Australian registered mining company which received a Large Scale Mining License after application in 2010. The proposed site of the contentious Kangalui Copper Mining Project lies in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park.

The company has been accused of hiding this fact from investors, while the Park is being considered for designation as a World Heritage Area in conjunction with the neighbouring Mana Pools National Park across the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe.

Zambezi Resources have set up a subsidiary company in Zambia called Mwembeshi Resources. The proposed mining area covers 50 square kilometres which it proposes to open-pit mine for copper and gold.

More from the Zambezi Traveller:
A Conflict of interests? (Issue 13, June 2013)

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