AEIN implementation in Zambia  

What is AEIN?
The Africa Environmental Information Network (AEIN) is a multi-stakeholder capacity building process that aims to harness and enhance access to information and knowledge to support the management of Africa's environmental resources as assets for sustainable development.


"to strengthen the capacity of African countries to use good quality information on environmental assets to make informed investment choices at sub-national and national levels, and manage these assets on a sustainable basis".

Africa Environment Information Network (AEIN) is a direct outcome of the AEO process, a response to political and technical needs expressed by African Ministers of Environment, who endorsed the AEO process at the 9th Session of AMCEN (1-5 July, 2002) as "a monitoring and reporting tool for sustainable environmental management, as well as to provide a framework for national and sub-regional integrated environmental assessment and reporting."

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AEIN Objectives and Outputs
AEIN is designed to provide a broad framework for the effective harnessing of information and knowledge on environmental resources, and how people are affected by changes in the environment. This knowledge will be channeled into decision-making processes, particularly within the framework of national socio-economic development priorities, as well as the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

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Implementation Strategy and Plan for Zambia
Implementation of AEIN in Zambia has resulted in the formation of the Zambia Environment Information Network (ZEIN), which will address environmental information needs and strengthen data sharing mechanisms in the country.. At the national level, the Environmental Council of Zambia (ECZ) is the host institution of the AEIN initiative.

AEIN Activities in Zambia
Implementation of AEIN activities in Zambia has been conducted in two phases.These phases are described below:

Implementation of AEIN Phase 1:
Phase 1 of the AEIN initiative in Zambia was implemented from 2004 to 2005. The following major activities were undertaken:

  • An assessment of the status of Environmental Information Systems and networking activities in the country, including existing institutional capacities and awareness raising needs.
  • A national start-up workshop involving all the key stakeholders in environmental information management in the country was held to get consensus on AEIN implementation at the national level.
  • A national AEIN implementation plan and structure were prepared. Thematic working groups to support the National Environmental Outlook reporting process were established.
  • A database of key institutions collecting environmental data in the country was developed. Most of these institutions are members of ZEIN.
  • The process to update the 2006 Zambia Environment Outlook Report commenced. The process of environmental assessment and reporting in the country is consultative and stakeholder driven.

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Outcomes, results and lessons learnt from AEIN phase 1 in Zambia
In implementing the AEIN initiative in Zambia, a number of lessons had been learnt. Among them is the realisation that AEIN implementation at national level should support new and old institutions dealing in environmental information. In addition, incentives should be built into the initiative to attract major data providers to fully participate in the network through such means as financing data collection and demands for ICT skills and infrastructure

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Implementation of AEIN Phase 2:
Phase 2 of AEIN in Zambia will be implemented between October 2006 to September 2007. Some of the activities that will be undertaken include the preparation of an inventory and a comprehensive listing of the environmental data and indicators for Integrated Environmental Assessment and reporting in Zambia. In addition, a database of the findings of the assessment and data gaps will be developed and populated.

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Some of the Environmental Concerns in Zambia

Atmospheric Air Pollution from Industrial Activities

Land Degradation from mining activities and uncontrolled erosion.

Soil and Water Pollution by fetilisers and chemicles

Spillage of Oils and Chemicals into the Environment

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