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Daily Mail is best in environmental reporting

ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
THE Zambia Daily Mail has scooped the best institutional coverage award on environment within and outside the country.
And Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Christabel Ngimbu has reiterated Government’s commitment to improving environmental management in the country.
The Zambia Environment Management Agency (ZEMA) presented a certificate and a shield to the Daily Mail during the Agency’s annual awards ceremony at the  Government Complex in Lusaka on Tuesday.
ZEMA spokesperson Ireen Chipili said  Daily Mail has the highest number of reporters in the country that consistently report on environment issues.
“We are proud of Daily Mail. They have the highest number of reporters that write on environment almost on a daily basis. The paper has proved to be a real partner in the management of our environment,” Ms Chipili said.
Other institutions that were recognised for their positive contribution to environmental management are Zambia Sugar Plc, Zesco, Zambeef Plc and Mkushi Secondary School.
Others are Environment Africa, Dominican Convent School of Ndola, Foxdale Court Business Park (FCBP), Senanga District Council and Extractive Industry Transparency Alliance (EITA)
In the individual media category, Daily Mail staff Alex Njovu scooped the overall contribution to environment and development journalism award.
Other media personnel who received awards were Pennipher Nyirenda and Posent Ndovi both from Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), Gift Chanda (Post Newspaper) and Peter Banda (Breeze FM) in Chipata.
And Ms Ngimbu said in a speech read for her by her deputy Davies Mwango that Government is committed to implementing appropriate policies, plans, programmes, legal and institutional frameworks that enhance environmental management.
ZEMA acting director general Maxewell Nkoya thanked Government for its continued support in environment management.
“I would like to thank our partners for this year’s awards, Panos Institute of Southern Africa, First Quantum Minerals and Lafarge Zambia Plc for sponsoring some of the awards,” he said.


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