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THE HEALTH OF MANY RIVERS IN ZAMBIA UNDER THREAT, DR CHANDA

Press Release
Kafue, 26th September, 2020 – Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Minister, Jonas Chanda has disclosed that human activities along the Magoye River in Mazabuka District are causing silting, a situation he says is affecting the free flow of water on the river.
Meanwhile, Dr. Chanda says President Edgar Lungu, during his address to the 4th session of the 12th National Assembly on 13th September, 2019, directed his Ministry and the Ministry of lands and Natural Resources to take lead in ensuring that water sources and land adjacent to such areas are not adulterated by corporate entities or individuals.
Dr. Chanda says a recent field visit conducted by his ministry with other stakeholders has revealed that increased stream bank activities are a serious challenge that are risking water availability on the Magoye River.
The Minister has also noted that continued degradation of the Magoye-Kaleya River and other rivers across the country has huge implications on the livelihoods of the people adding that many farmers downstream these rivers are being affected negatively as a result of illegal human activities.
He says that the health of many rivers in Zambia has come under tremendous threat owing to increased pressure from growing populations, economic productivity and unsustainable forms of livelihoods adding that the Magoye and Kaleya Rivers are facing serious challenges of soil erosion and pollution.
Dr. Chanda said this in Kafue during the launch of the country’s Hydro Atlas, which has been compiled by WWF with other Cooperating Partners.
The launch is part of activities to mark the 2020 World Rivers’ Day commemoration which falls on 27th September 2020, under theme ‘acting now to protect our rivers’.
Speaking earlier, Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Permanent Secretary Mabvuto Sakala, who was represented by Director, Environmental Management, Fishani Gondwe says Government is keen in ensuring that there is sustainable management and protection of natural resources such as the rivers.
Mr. Sakala says his Ministry will endeavor to implement appropriate policy measures within its mandate in order to respond to the people’s needs.
Speaking earlier, World Wide Fund – WWF Country Director, Nachilala Nkombo stressed the need to develop a well-balanced developmental approach that addresses the need to reduce poverty but also that ensure economic resources are managed sustainably.
Issued by:
Amos Zulu
Public Relations Officer

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