The Association of Zambia Mineral Exploration Companies (AZMEC) says it supports the decision by Zambezi Resources to appeal the decision by ZEMA to reject mining activities in the Lower Zambezi National Park.
The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) recently rejected environmental impact study (EIS) submissions for the proposed US$494 million copper project citing environmental concerns.
Once fully operational, the mine would have created over 400 full time jobs.
But Zambezi Resources, which owns the Kangaluwi Copper Project has since lodged an appeal to the Minister of Environmental Protection seeking a review of ZEMA’s decision as provided for in the Environmental Management Act of 2011.
And AZMEC President Gilbert Temba said his association fully supports Zambezi Resources in its appeal process.
Mr. Temba said the decision by ZEMA to reject the project out rightly was not fair.
He said the project should be allowed to proceed because the many social and economic benefits it will provide to the local community.