Protecting the Mana Pools/Sapi/Chewore World Heritage Site

Sep 19, 2012

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The Zambezi Society, an amazing conservation organization formed in 1982, centers its efforts on conserving wilderness and wildlife in the Zambezi Valley in the South African country of Zambia.

In a bulletin we recently read posted by the Zambezi Society in August 2012, we learned that the Mana Pools/Sapi/Chewore World Heritage Site is in danger. According to the Zambezi Society, this site “is one of four internationally-recognised World Heritage Sites within Zimbabwe.” Protecting this landscape is of utmost importance for us at EXPLORE.

The Mana Pools National Park, Sapi, and Chewore Safari Areas are inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger, threatened by unnecessary mining, oil, and gas projects. This invasion will take a major toll on the World Heritage Site.

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A variety of African mammals call the Zambezi Valley their home, including elephants, buffalo, zebras, and lion, and hyena. It’s also a habitat for over 450 avian species.

Habbard Investments currently holds a license that allows them to excavate the river basin for heavy minerals like copper, lead, and zinc. This will involve excavating to a depth of up to 16 meters.

Public objections to these mining activities came from the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA), the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority, the Department of Museums and Monuments, and the Ministry of Tourism.

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