Environmental agency claims developmental projects worth K25 billion approved for implementation


The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) has approved developmental projects worth over K25 billion for implementation.

The projects were approved through the Environmental Assessments Committee (EAC) of the ZEMA Board at its 16th and 17th sittings held in January, February and early March, 2024.

ZEMA Director-General, Godfrey Mwiinga, said this amount equates 168 developmental projects.

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“A total of 162 Environmental Project Briefs (EPB) were approved whilst 6 Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) were approved during the EAC sittings.

“An EPB is a report prepared for a proposed project with minimal impact on the environment. An EIS is a report prepared for proposed projects anticipated to have huge environmental impacts,” Mwiinga said in a statement on Monday.

He noted that the Agency continued to commend members of the public for participating in the Environmental Assessment Process.

“The environmental assessment process is participatory in nature and therefore, the decisions of the Agency are enhanced by the valuable input of the stakeholders as well as members of the general public.

“ZEMA wishes to thank all stakeholders especially local authorities who provide feedback towards the proposed projects which aids the Agency’s decision making. This is critical to the EIA process,” Mwiinga said.

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