GRI STATEMENT ON THE PROPOSED KANGALUWI OPEN
CAST COPPER MINE IN LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK
Game Rangers International (GRI) is a non-profit NGO working in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Art's Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) to assist in the sustainable conservation of Zambia's natural resources for the long term, socio-economic benefit of local communities and the nation, as a whole.
GRI supports the statement made by Conservation Lower Zambezi, with whom GRI is working in the Rufunsa Game Management Area on the Eastern boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park. While mining is an important part of Zambia's economy, the proposed mine in the Lower Zambezi National Park will negatively impact an area of international conservation importance and outstanding natural beauty. The long-term effects of mining on the environment will be profound with lasting consequences to Zambia's international reputation, local businesses and the livelihoods of local communities.
GRI therefore welcomes the recent media statement by the Honourable Minister of Tourism and Arts that the National Parks are a "gem for tourism and not for mining" and hopes that the Honourable Minister R. K. Chitotela's' discussions with the Honourable Minister of Mines and Mineral Development will enable the Lower Zambezi National Park to be preserved as a wilderness area for generations to come.
GRI felly endorses Zambia's commitments to United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal 15 through which the country aims to "protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss". In this regard GRI were particularly encouraged to note that His Excellency the President of Zambia Dr. Edgar C. Lungu recently launched the SDGCA Sub-regional Centre for Southern Africa that will be head-quartered in Lusaka, Zambia.
On Behalf of the Board of Trustees of Game Rangers International
29 October 2019