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LUSAKA, July 3 (Xinhua) — The Environmental Council of Zambia (ECZ) has warned that the country is expected to experience increasing air, water pollution and land degradation due to more mining activities, Zambia Daily Mail reported on Thursday.

    Joseph Sakala, manager for the northern region of the ECZ, warned that with such a development, the country would also see involuntary displacement of people in some areas with mining potential.

    Zambia has not yet seen the best of copper or other minerals yet such as in Mkushi and Chongwe Copper belt among others, he said.

    Sakala was presenting a paper on environmental management in Zambia at a meeting in northwestern province of Solwezi.

    He said the country was experiencing problems in the provision of clean water and improved sanitation.

    He expressed regret at the way through which anthills were being exploited in Solwezi and the Copperbellt for construction of houses, which he said was causing environmental problems.

    Other environmental problems in the country include the management of plastics, e-waste, utilization of anthills for moulding bricks and mining of radioactive ores such as uranium, according to Sakala.

    Richard Zyambo, Kansanshi Mining Plc Environmental Manager, told the meeting that the mine had planted 100,000 jathropa trees within the mine area apart from empowering communities surrounding the mine with seedlings.

    He said the mining firms are willing to help individuals or groups of people who would be interested in growing the plant.

Editor: Wang Hongjiang