Introduction

Until 1990, the environmental sector in Zambia had no umbrella legislation and organisation to co-ordinate its programs. In 1990, the Environmental Protection and Pollution Control Act No. 12 (EPPCA) was enacted and in 1992 the Environmental Council of Zambia (ECZ) was formed with the mandate to protect the environment and prevent pollution. EPPCA was the law that created the legal basis for EIA. 

In 2011, EPPCA was repealed and replaced by the Environmental Management Act (EMA). This new law created the legal basis for SEA and renamed ECZ into the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA).  ZEMA is currently the central authority to regulate and enforce EIA and SEA.  ZEMA also takes consent decisions on the environmental clearance of projects.

In 2018, ZEMA started the formulation of the first SEA regulations. These have recently (July 2019) been submitted to the Ministry of Justice for approval.    

 


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Webpages | 01-08-2018

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Webpages | 10-01-2018

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Webpages | 27-06-2017

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Webpages | 14-12-2016

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Webpages | 30-01-2013

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