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Zimbabwe Government Bans Coal Mining in Hwange National Park

Coal News - Published on Thu, 10 Sep 2020

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Reuters reported that an attempt to drill for coal in the bounds of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park has been blocked by the government. Zimbabwe’s Information Minister Ms Monica Mutsvangwa told Reuters “Mining on areas held by national parks is banned with immediate effect. Steps are being undertaken to immediately cancel all mining title held in national parks.”

The move came after campaigners took the government to court to prevent ecological degradation in parks. The Bhejane Trust, which works with the wildlife authority in conservation in Hwange and the Safari Operators Association, had said previously that the two Chinese firms were allocated concessions inside the park. Bhejane said “While on a monitoring mission inside the park with park rangers recently, they intercepted the two companies’ workers conducting exploratory drilling. Parks arrested them and turned them over to the police. However, they soon reappeared with a permit giving them the right to carry on in the park with exploratory drilling.”

State mining arm Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation held the Hwange concession, but then partnered two Chinese firms, Afrochine Energy and Zimbabwe Zhongxin Coal Mining Group. Two firms had been given a licence to explore for coal in Hwange, Zimbabwe's biggest national park. It is home to more than 40,000 elephants and numerous other species, including the endangered black rhino.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 10 Sep 2020
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