The Zambian government has given Zambezi Resources, an Australian company, exclusive rights for an open-cast copper mine in the Lower Zambezi National Park. This pristine area, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was originally a mining free area under the Wildlife Act of 1998 and other provisions of protected areas. An original Environmental Impact Assessment submitted by Zambezi Resources was refused by the Zambian Environmental Agency. However in an appeal against this decision Zambezi Resources pressured the Minister of Land, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Harry Kalaba, who on the 17th of January 2014 gave his approval for the project.
Campaigns to stop mining in the Lower Zambezi
Save the Lower Zambezi: a campaign that is documenting the proceedings, giving updates on legal processes and providing a platform for local communities to voice opposition to planned mining
Petition on Change.org: Prohibit Mining in the Lower Zambezi National Park: contains useful information and updated news.