Zimbabwe has banned mining in all its nationwide parks, reversing a choice to let Chinese corporations probe for coal at its well-known Hwange sport park.
The transfer got here after campaigners instituted court docket motion in opposition to the federal government to forestall “ecological degradation” in parks.
Two Chinese-owned corporations had been given a licence to probe for coal in Hwange National Park.
It is legendary for its elephants and the endangered black rhino.
In court docket papers filed on Monday, the Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association (ZELA) warned that the park would flip right into a “web site for drilling, land clearance, street constructing and geological surveys” if coal exploration went forward.
Following a cupboard assembly on Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa introduced the ban on mining with speedy impact.
“Steps are being undertaken to instantly cancel all mining titles held in nationwide parks,” she added.
This is although China is a serious investor in Zimbabwe, and an in depth ally of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s authorities.
But its resolution to offer exploration rights within the park led to a public outcry, and the hashtag #SaveHwangenationalpark trended on Twitter in Zimbabwe, stories the BBC’s Shingai Nyoka from the capital, Harare.
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