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Let’s just comply

IT has been discussed, explained, exhausted and I think it is very clear.
The eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000 after the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration are vital to development.
But at this page, we usually zero in on Goal Number 8: To ensure environmental sustainability.
It is for this reason that through this platform I have worked with many young persons and some of the poorest communities to help them appreciate how to safely and securely improve their waste management and collection methods.
As is the case in many developing countries, fast urbanisation has placed a sizeable strain on urban services, such as solid waste management.
It is for this reason that the Government through agencies like Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA), has been advising on formulation of policies on all aspects of the environment and sustainable management of the environment.
Truly speaking, I think ZEMA has done extremely well so far. I salute it for trying to educate, and preach the importance of a sustainable environment.
However, ZEMA’s toil seems to be hampered in some places.
Recently, the agency was in court in a matter in which Jan Africa Investments, a company that deals in used vehicles and tyres.
The firm, located on Lusaka’s Kafue Road, is charged with illegal trafficking and trading in electrical and electronic waste without a license contrary to Sub-regulation (1) of Regulation 19 and Paragraph (f) of Regulation 74 of the Environmental Management (Licensing) Regulations Statutory Instrument No. 112 of 2013 of the Laws of Zambia.
Trial for the matter took place last week before Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda in the Lusaka Magistrates Court.
This was soon after ZEMA issued a compliance order to Zamastone Limited on August 28, 2014 for non-compliance.
Zamastone, a quarry company was ordered to put in place adequate measures to comprehensively mitigate dust pollution from the four-point sources of its integrated crusher.
In this matter, Zamastone administration manager, Chimuka Himachila is charged with obstructing an inspector who had gone to serve a compliance order came up before Mr Banda on September 11 in the Lusaka Magistrates Court at 09:00 hours.
Himachila was held liable for an offence under the Environmental Management Act No. 12 of 2011, Section 15 (5) (b) and (a).
The latest one is the September 4 case in which ZEMA issued a compliance order to Varun Food and Beverages Zambia Limited for non-compliance to the provisions of the Environmental Management Act (EMA) No. 12 of 2011.
Varun, which is located in Lusaka’s heavy industrial area, has been ordered to put adequate measures to ensure management of effluent discharged from its operations in a fashion that does not constitute a risk to human health and does not cause adverse effect.
ZEMA has given Varun Food and Beverages Zambia Limited up to October 6, 2014 to comply with the requirements of the compliance order.
All licensed facilities are required to adhere to the conditions stipulated by environmental law and other relevant laws and uphold environmental friendly practices.
Herman Daly, an American ecological economist and professor at the School of Public Policy of University of Maryland and one of the early pioneers of ecological sustainability, looked at the problem from maintenance of natural capital viewpoint.
He proposed in 1990 that the rates of waste generation from projects should not exceed the assimilative capacity of the environment (sustainable waste disposal); to avoid pollution.
I strongly believe everyone has the right to live and work in a clean environment. We can actually achieve a sustainable environment by complying with regulations set for us before we experience our own Chernobyl and Fukushima.
See you here next week, ciao!
Write to: kzax2000@yahoo.co.uk

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