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Title Zambia - Atlas of our Changing Environment
Author Zambia - Atlas of our Changing Environment ZEMA, GRID-Arendal, GRID-Sioux Falls, UNEP
Published 2013
Scope Zambia
Report English   
Abstract The Zambia Atlas of Our Changing Environment aims to visually illustrate environmental changes in the country over recent years, ranging from changes arising from the growing mining sector to changes brought about by agricultural expansion and growing settlements. By visually linking causes with the environmental changes, the atlas is expected to not only provide compelling evidence on the changing environment, but also to call for science-based solutions. Zambia has abundant water resources, vast forests, huge mineral deposits, and large tracts of arable land. These natural resources are important for the country’s economy, with copper and cobalt being the country’s main exports. While mining brings into the country much needed foreign exchange, the extraction of the minerals also results in environmental damage, including land degradation, deforestation, water and air pollution, and solid waste. In addition to mining, other important threats to Zambia’s environment are agriculture, urbanization and climate change.