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Mana Pools lodge threatens eco-system

Mana Pools lodge threatens eco-system

Construction of a 48-bed lodge along the Zambezi River shoreline in Mana 
Pools National Park has begun, despite an inadequate Environmental Impact 

by Staff Reporter

The Zambezi Society has expressed concern that the development threatens the 
fragile riverine eco-system , already stressed by tourism.A lease for the 
proposed 48-bed (plus 24 staff) “Mana Pools Safari Camp” with a 1-km 
exclusion zone centered on the Vine Camp Site (about 15 kms upstream from 
the Park headquarters in Nyamepi) was granted to ECIS Investments (Ms Li 
Song) by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management and signed by the 
Minster of the Environment in September 2010. An EIA was completed in June 
2011 by Vibes Consultancy, and was approved by the Environmental Management 
Agency shortly thereafter – without consultation with important 

The EIA describes this as a “semi-permanent” camp with 12 thatched double 
chalets on raised metal and wood platforms above the floodplain, a large, 
thatched living/dining/ bar area, as well as large quarters for 24 staff, a 
fence, a swimming pool, 14 septic tanks and a cold-room – all of this 
powered by a “solar-system with a back-up generator”.

The Vine Camp Site area contains one of the Park’s prime examples of 
magnificent alluvial woodland covering the banks of the Zambezi River.

Within this precious woodland are vast specimens of very ancient Zambezi fig 
trees, Natal Mahoganies and River Litchis and rare climbing lianes.

The woodland is a favoured spot for a host of wildlife species, including 
elephants, lions, leopard and wild dog.

The Zambezi Society obtained a copy of the EIA only after it had already 
been approved, and found it to be inadequate, inaccurate and ill-informed. 
After consultation with local and international environmental experts, the 
society submitted a formal objection to the EIA urging them to reconsider 
the approval of the project.

They also wrote to the Minister of the Environment highlighting their 
concerns. No responses have been received.

If you feel strongly about this development, what can you do?

1) Sign our petition against this development, see this link: Stop 
Destructive Development at Mana Pools

2) Write to The Director, Environmental Protection, Environmental Management 
Agency, Zimbabwe [email protected] and [email protected]

3) Talk about this on Facebook via the groups: The Zambezi Society, Save 
Mana Pools, Friends of Mana Pools etc. 


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