Group urges early consultation for revised biodiversity strategy, action plan in Zambia


The Media Network Action on Climate Change (MENACC) has called on the government to initiate consultations to revise the Second National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, which is set to expire in 2025.

The network expressed believe that beginning consultations early would give the Ministry of Green Economy and Environment and key stakeholders sufficient time to conduct the process.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday, Network Executive Coordinator, Kennedy Phiri, said this would, in turn, enhance the third National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, enabling it to adequately address emerging trends and challenges in protecting the country’s fauna and flora, in alignment with national and global frameworks.

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“The 2024 theme for International Day for Biological Diversity, ‘Be part of the plan,’ is a call for active participation, recognising that biodiversity is fundamental to human well-being, a healthy planet, and economic prosperity for all people, including living well in balance and in harmony with Mother Earth,” he stated.

Phiri also noted that the network recognised Zambia’s biodiversity continued to face significant pressure from various factors such as overexploitation, deforestation and population growth, with over 80 percent of the population relying on natural resources for their livelihood.

He said this reliance led to unsustainable practices and encroachments.

“Therefore, it is crucial to adequately address these issues in line with the government’s commitment to conservation and the prudent management of the environment and natural resources,” he pointed out.

He stated that revising the strategy would also ensure alignment with Vision 2030, the revised Eighth National Development Plan, the National Adaptation Plan, and the Zambia Water Investment Program.

He added that the strategy should not only focus on protection but also prioritize the restoration of biodiversity.

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