Lusaka, Zambia — 13 September 2012 – The government of Zambia has rejected a proposal by Australia’s Zambezi Resources Limited to develop a US$494 million open cast copper mine in a game reserve in the country, citing environmental concerns.
Reuters reports that Zambezi Resources’ Zambian subsidiary Mwembeshi Resources had revealed in March that it planned to start copper production at the Kangaluwe project, in the Lower Zambezi National Park, by 2015.
But a spokeswoman for Zambia’s environmental management agency, which has to approve all huge infrastructure projects, told Reuters that the project had been rejected.
“The proposed site is not suitable for the nature of the project, since it is located in the middle of a national park,” said spokeswoman Ireen Chipili.
Ever since the announcement of the planned project, environmentalists have been lobbying the government against allowing the mine.
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