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Bush Fires Emit More Carbon than Mining, Says FQM

First Quantum Minerals (FQM) Country Manager, Godwin Beene, has brought attention to the severe impact of uncontrolled bush fires on Zambia’s environment.

Speaking at a Traditional Leaders Caucus on Ending Forest Fires in Solwezi District, North Western Province, Beene emphasized that these fires contribute significantly more carbon emissions to the atmosphere than mining activities.

Beene urged Zambians to heed President Hakainde Hichilema’s call to action regarding bush fires, highlighting the detrimental effects they have on ecosystems.

He further stated that FQM is dedicated to preserving the forest canopy in the North Western Province by combatting bush fires tirelessly.

The event, organized by the Centre for Environment Justice (CEJ), gathered various stakeholders including traditional leaders, environmentalists, and government representatives.

Boniface Mumba, a board member of CEJ, underscored the importance of forests in providing essential resources such as medicine, wood fuel, and timber, emphasizing the need for their protection.

Solwezi Mayor, Remmy Kalepa, representing North Western Province Permanent Secretary Col. Grandson Katambi (Retired), condemned the rampant destruction of forests due to its adverse effects on biodiversity.

His sentiments were echoed by attending chiefs, including Dr. Chief Mumena of Kalumbila District, Senior Chief Sailunga, Chief Kakoma, Chief Ntambu, Chief Lumpuma of Lufwanyama District, Chief Musaka, Chief Mulonga, Senior Chief Kalilele, Chieftainess Chikola of Mushindamo District, and Chief Kapijimpanga of Solwezi District.

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