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Dr. Kenneth Nkowani

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Management Department


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We do not even know whether ... [cached]

We do not even know whether all the 350 endemic fish species can be easily found in the lake today," said Kenneth Nkowani, Director of Zambia's Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The Zambian component of the project will stem overfishing and control sediment flows from the steep mountainous terrain. According to Nkowani, "We want to see change in the way people manage the lake within a year or two."

Planet's Voice ARTICLE: Zambia drafts its first environmental policy [cached]

Dr Kenneth Nkowani, Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Management Department (ENRMD) at MTENR, says the policy is long overdue."I do not see the reason why we cannot have the policy up to now.We've done ourselves an injustice."As a Ministry Official, I feel embarrassed as to what we have been doing all this time", said Dr. Nkowani.

Dr Kenneth Nkowani, the ... [cached]

Dr Kenneth Nkowani, the director under the Department of Environment at the Ministry of Mines, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection says the key to sustainable development is the right constitution which is the guiding principle for the people of Zambia. "We must ensure we have the right Constitution which can take care of critical issues like poverty or emerging ones like climate change. The need for sustainability is more urgent than ever - humanity's major challenge in this century is to reconcile the forces of globalisation with need for sustainability. "We need solutions for sustainable consumption, mobility, resource use and urbanisation," says Dr Nkowani giving an example, "If you fly in Lusaka today, you will see total confusion because people build their houses anyhow - there is no common denominator.

Dr Nkowani says Rio will provide principles but it will be up to Zambia to embed those principles into developmental plans like the 6th or 7th National Development plans. "We must take the bull by its horns. We must not always wait for donors to fund us, this is not their country, it is ours. We must have a plan perhaps from A to C and allocate money to cater for plan A to B then the donors can fund plan C and not the other way round," Dr Nkowani narrates. He says Zambia can do better with such an attitude just as she has progressed tremendously since 1992.

Dr Kenneth Nkowani, director ... [cached]

Dr Kenneth Nkowani, director at the department of Environment and Natural Resources says "if we are to conserve biodiversity, it is important to relate it to the livelihood of the people of Zambia.At global level there are targets set for the year 2010."Dr Nkowani explains that the Zambian Government has translated the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) into Tonga and Lozi in Southern and Western provinces so that people understand the issue at hand. Biodiversity loss has immensely contributed to the below normal rainfall experienced in the two provinces."Over-grazing and bad farming methods that some farmers' use has exacerbated the loss," he reveals.He also says agro-ecological zones will shift due to climate change and issues of species, pests and plants may change if no proactive measures are taken."It is every Zambian's responsibility to look after the resource if our livelihood is to be sustained, emphasises Dr Nkowani, adding that food production is directly related to biodiversity conservation.He explains that biodiversity is important for today and generations to come and impact heavily on agriculture because it has a big link with food production, forestry, fisheries and mining.Dr Nkowani also stresses the need for people to work hand in hand with the Government in order to achieve the 2010 biodiversity target, failure to which biodiversity loss will increase to the detriment of the nation.

The awareness creation team is being ... [cached]

The awareness creation team is being led by director of environment in the ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, Kenneth Nkowani.

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