Stop mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park and its environs, now and forever.
Sharon van Wyk
We need to embarrass the Zambian Government into understanding that the Lower Zambezi Valley and National Park are part of a greater environment which is has been declared a World Heritage site (Mana Pools National Park, which lies directly opposite the Lower Zambezi National Park on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River). Mining, and particularly open-cast pit mines of the kind which have been greenlighted by Zambia's minister of land, natural resources and environment, Harry Kalaba, should not be allowed in a national park and will cause catastrophic damage to the area's environment, which is protected by law. Kalaba overturned his own Government's environmental agency's ruling which prohibited the move to mine by Zambezi Resources, an Australian company, after rejecting its Environmental Impact Statement in September 2012. Kalaba has now overturned this and mining is set to go ahead in the middle of this pristine National Park.