Zambezi Resources has received official confirmation from the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) of the go-ahead for its Kangaluwi Copper Project.
The company received a formal approval letter this week reiterating approval of the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for its 100 percent-owned project in Luangwa District.
This follows approval from the Zambia Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection on January 20, 2014, for the project, which Zambezi Resources has pledged will be the “cleanest, greenest and safest copper mine ever built”.
“Zambezi is aware of and has listened carefully to the concerns raised by ZEMA about the project, and has worked diligently over more than 12 months to address these issues in order to minimise the environmental impact of the mine,” said Zambezi Resources Chairman David Vilensky.
The construction and development of the mine is subject to a range of conditions issued by ZEMA to ensure total compliance with the objectives of the Environment Management Act of 2011 which will be monitored and supervised by ZEMA.
Zambezi does not believe any of these to be out of step with standard mining practices and confirms its willingness to adhere to these conditions.
Mr Vilensky complimented the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection for overturning the ZEMA rejection of the company’s Environmental Impact Study (EIS) and said: “The Zambian government has allowed the Kangaluwi Copper Project to proceed within the national park as part of its revised Mineral Resources Development Policy, which seeks to strike a fair balance between the benefits of mining and the protection of the environment and wildlife conservation, provided its policies and laws are respected and adhered to and such investments will create employment opportunities for ordinary Zambians.