ZEMA to finalise Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines for the Construction Sector
Lusaka: The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) is about to conclude the development of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Guidelines for the building and construction industry. For this reason it is convening all involved stakeholders for a validation workshop to take place on 15 September at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Lusaka. The EIA guidelines have been initiated in partnership with the ILO-led UN Zambia Green Jobs Programme (ZGJP) as part of the objective to integrate environmental concerns in economic development to foster a sustainable development and job creation.
The building construction sector in Zambia offers great potential for economic growth and job creation. However to ensure an inclusive and sustainable development, sector specific policies and regulations need to be updated and reformed to take into account green practices. As constructing, maintaining and using buildings for homes and employment have a great impact on the environment, the EIA guidelines have been developed to predict environmental impacts of property development activities and to provide an opportunity to mitigate against negative impacts and enhance positive impacts.
Once in place, the EIA guidelines will give practical guidelines for environmental assessments to all parties involved in developmental projects and detailing as well as specific directives for construction project that have already been commenced. The EIA guidelines will also function as benchmark for the design and assessment of construction projects in a more systematic and sustainable way.
The validation workshop will take place on 15 September 2015 at the ILO Main Boardroom in Lusaka and include an overview of the development process of the EIA guidelines as well as discussions amongst the invited participants representing key stakeholders from both the private and the public sector. Opening and welcome remarks will be given by the Director General of ZEMA.
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