THE Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) says it will remain committed to partnering with First Quantum Minerals (FQM) in creating awareness towards improved management of the environment and natural resources.
ZEMA acting director general, Maxwell Nkoya, said Government was concerned about the protection of the environment and its people and called for a shift in consumption patterns towards goods and services without compromising the quality of life.
Officiating at this year’s commemoration and exhibition of the World Environment Day at Sentinel Secondary School in Kalumbila, Solwezi, Mr Nkoya called for individual responsibility towards environmental management.
In a speech read for him by ZEMA senior inspector Webby Simwayi, Mr Nkoya said he was particularly impressed with the way management at FQM Kalumbila Minerals organized this year’s World Environment Day celebrations through various performances and exhibitions, which provided effective dissemination of information.
“Experience has shown that providing information allows people to make informed personal decisions, an act which is necessary for behavior change. And this has been perfectly done by FQM Kalumbila Minerals. I therefore want to sincerely commend them for playing a significant role in this year’s celebrations,” Mr Nkoya said.
Under the local theme “13 Million Dreams, Zambia Consume With Care,” the ZEMA chief said it was important to promote sustainable development practices by ensuring that the country exploited its natural resources, taking into consideration the needs of present and future generations.
At the same function, FQM Kalumbila Minerals environmental manager, Joseph Ngwira said the mining company considers environmental management as a key element to their activities and would strive
to promote environmental protection, conservation and consuming with care.
He implored the audience that included school children from Sentinel secondary School and those from the nearby communities that they should consider adopting the Golden Rule of always stopping and think first about the environmental risk, the opportunity cost and other dreams before taking actions that have negative environmental impact.
Kalumbila Minerals environmental health coordinator, Mulenga Musapa, who was responsible for the malaria stand during the exhibition, said he was happy that they were able to host the event as it provided an opportunity of interaction in a deeper way to understand environmental issues. Among the schools that attended the celebrations were hosts Sentinel, Kalumbila Primary School, Kisaka Basic, Kankozhi and Musele Basic schools who provided entertainment and recited poems related to environmental issues.- SUMA SYSTEMS.