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CSOs' 'blame game' on FQM issue is premature

LANDS, natural resources and environmental protection minister Wylbur Simuusa says he is disappointed with civil society organisations suggesting that government has not shown leadership over the Chisora dam construction. Over 18 CSOs have petitioned the government over its decision to allow First Quantum Minerals (FQM) to continue constructing the Chisola dam, which was stopped through an environmental protection order. 

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Barometer on resource governance in SADC

The barometer is being designed as a monitoring tool to support the oversight work of parliament and the activities of civil society. The barometer will be a critical tool in monitoring how governments and both foreign and local companies are managing resources.  SARW is working in partnership with SADC-PF. See the draft document.

 

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SARW urges mandatory social investment plan

ZAMBIA should discard the concept of corporate social responsibility because extractive industries prefer to undertake projects that are cheaper with little or no benefits to the community, says Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW). 
 
And House of Chiefs head of research Patrick Manda has challenged the government to consider revising the mines and minerals development Act so that traditional leaders are fully consulted whenever a mining project is about to be undertaken in their chiefdoms.   
 

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Barometer on resource governance

SARW and SADC-PF have been for the past three year developing the resource barometer. The barometer is being designed as a monitoring tool to support the oversight work of parliament and the activities of civil society. The barometer will be a critical tool in monitoring how governments and both foreign and local companies are managing resources.  SARW is working in partnership with SADC-PF. See the draft document.

 

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Make EITI homegrown concept, advises SARW

THE Southern Africa Resource Watch says the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) risked remaining an academic exercise if it is not redefined to make it a homegrown concept.  
In a statement released yesterday, Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) campaign officer for Zambia Edward Lange stated that the initiative should not be an international-driven concept. 
Lange stated that the EITI international secretariat validated Zambia as an implementing country which climaxed the implementation process of the initiative. 

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