By Christopher Chisi
Government has observed the need to ensure that, the implementation of industrialization agenda is well balanced with environmental management in order to protect natural resources and the environment at large.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water Development Sanitation and Environment Protection said attention must be directed towards environmental integrity to avoid losing some natural resources such as forest while undertaking developmental projects such as roads, dams among others.
Dr Edie Chomba says the government will thus, continue putting in place regulations and measures aimed at preventing environmental degradation.
Dr.Chomba said this during the launch of the Zambia Environment Outlook Number (4) Report in Lusaka.
The report produced by the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) provides an assessment of the state of the environment in the country so as to increase awareness and understanding of environmental trends and conditions.
Among other things, the report indicates that the country’s economy was mainly driven by sustained expansion in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, transport and communications.
And speaking at the same event, ZEMA Director General, John Msimuko expressed confidence that report will influence decision making at various levels of environmental governance.
Mr.Msimuko also added that the launched report will further facilitate an understanding of the interaction between the society, environment and the economy.