In July 2015, ICCF Zambia and the Zambian Parliamentary Conservation Caucus hosted the Southern Africa Regional Inter-Parliamentary Conference on Regional Conservation and Combating Environmental Crime and facilitated the launch of the ZPCC Strategic Plan 2015-2020.
This strategic plan articulates and outlines the actions to be undertaken by the ZPCC and its members. It has been developed against the background of past, present and future environment and natural resource sector challenges in the country and the need to find common ground between economic development and environmental sustainability. The strategy seeks leverage the position that Parliamentarians hold regarding the governance of the country and the importance of environmental sustainability in that regard.
The strategy also recognises the importance of using the country’s natural capital to support economic development. The role of extractive industries, particularly mining, especially given Zambia’ s minerals endowment takes centres stage, noting that whereas mining can drive economic development, investment and operations must embrace corporate social and environmental (CSER) practices. The role of policy and legislation in transforming the mining sector is essential.
The Strategic plan 2015 to 2020 contributes to:
- a common understanding at national level and amongst collaborators of the ZPCC’s purposes and principles;
- improved understanding of policy and legislative engagement imperatives by Zambian parliamentarians
- x sustainable development of the country through conservation and wise use of various environmental resources and the related benefits of people and biodiversity, and
- a raised profile of the ZPCC’ work and its aspirations both locally and internationally.
In addition, the Strategic plan contributes to, inter alia, the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals; Zambia’s commitments under the Forum for China Africa Cooperation; helping the Zambian government deliver on its commitments under the various environmental conventions it has acceded to, providing an internal push for action on emergent issues like climate change, extractive industries and land conflicts, and equipping the parliamentary sub-committees of the Zambia National Assembly with relevant information in the course of executing their Parliamentary duties.
The strategic plan articulates four goals: influencing the enabling environment; institutional capacity and effectiveness; partnerships, networking and communications as well as membership and capacity building. Collectively, these goals and their underlying strategies are aimed at fulfilling the mission of ZPCC during the strategy implementation period.