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Decision on Environmental Assessment in 2016 and January, 2017

Decision on Environmental Assessment in 2016 and January, 2017

February 07
17:48 2017
Irene G. Lungu Chipili ZEMA

Irene G. Lungu Chipili ZEMA

By Irene G. Lungu Chipili Manager- Corporate Affairs Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA)

LUSAKA, 7th FEBRUARY, 2017 –

DECISIONS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) wishes to inform stakeholders, partners and the general public that during the month of January 2017, a total of 38 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIAs) reports were considered from various developers across the country.

This was in accordance with the Environmental Management Act (EMA) No. 12 of 2011 as read with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations, Statutory Instrument No. 28 of 1997. Of the 38 projects considered, 21 were approved, 14 deferred and two were rejected.

These decisions were based on information provided by applicants, findings from site verification inspections and input from other regulatory and authorising agencies across respective sectors.

Deferments were made pending submission of additional information by affected developers as well as the need for further consultations with concerned stakeholders.

Implementation of approved projects will result in an estimated investment of USD 626,270,516 broken down as follows: No. Sector Estimated Investment (USD) % Proportion 1 Urban Development 10,062,026 1.61 2 Manufacturing and Processing 10,603,161 1.69 3 Agriculture and Forestry 11,670,360 1.86 4 Prospecting and Mining 2,520,000 0.40 5 Energy 591,414,969 94.43 Total Estimated Investment 626,270,516 100 Between January and December 2016, ZEMA considered a total of 590 projects resulting in an approval rate of 89.6%. The breakdown in terms of approved, deferred and rejected projects is tabulated below: Considered Approved Deferred Rejected Total 590 528 47 14 % Proportion 100 89.64 7.98 2.38 .

Irene G. Lungu Chipili

Irene G. Lungu Chipili

The Agency continues to monitor all industries to ensure environmental and social concerns are fully incorporated into their overall operational regimes in accordance with environmental laws and regulations. Projects are therefore approved subject to specific conditions within a given timeframe.

ZEMA’s decision can be withdrawn without notice should a developer fail to comply with laid down conditions and commitments.

Issued by: Irene G. Lungu Chipili Manager- Corporate Affairs Zambia Environmental Management Agency Email: iglungu@zema.org.zm Phone: 211-254023/59/ 0977-744299

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