Letter to the Editor

ZEMA commits to providing leadership in environmental management

Dear editor,
THE Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) wishes to acknowledge the support from its stakeholders and the public towards sustainable environmental management in the country.
ZEMA recognises the support from the Government of the Republic of Zambia and in particular, the commitment demonstrated by H.E. President Edgar Chagwa Lungu towards environmental management as a critical part of all development initiatives and activities.
In 2019, ZEMA made significant strides in strengthening its regulatory function through execution of several interventions which included; legislative review, expansion of operations and enforcement of the Environmental Management Act No. 12 of 2011 (EMA) and its subsidiary legislation.
ZEMA concluded the development of draft Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Regulations which will bridge procedural gaps in the assessment, mitigation and management of environmental impact at levels beyond individual projects.
The draft SEA Regulations have been submitted to the Ministry of Justice for finalisation.
Further, ZEMA concluded a study on air emissions in the transport sector which examined the efficiency and quality of fuels currently in use for light duty vehicles in the country.
Using these findings, ZEMA will continue to provide policy advice on the promulgation of regulations to control air pollution from mobile sources.
As part of its commitments to serve the public better and decentralise its operations, ZEMA expanded its geographicalcoverage and opened an office in Chipata district.
In 2020, ZEMA commits to providing leadership in environmental management in the country.
In this regard, automation of environmental management processes and procedures has commenced to strengthen the Agency’s regulatory functions.
These and other interventions will result in service excellence, operational efficiency and ultimately, improve environmental management in Zambia.
Director – ZEMA

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