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Lusaka, March 03, ZANIS - Denmark has given Zambia and committed US$20 million for a period of five years, to the environmental management sector.

The Dannish government has also pledged continued support to Zambia's development efforts.

Danish Ambassador to Zambia Thomas Schjerbeck has also assured Zambia that the setting of priority development programmes to be supported by his government, will be left to the Zambian government to determine.

This is contained in a statement released by Ministry of Tourism Public Relations Officer Bwalya Nondo made available to ZANIS today.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Michael Kaingu, Ambassador Schjerbeck also showered accolades on Zambia for the economic strides made under the leadership of President Levy Mwanawasa.

And Mr. Kaingu described Denmark as an all weather friend from whom Zambia had immensely benefited in various developmental areas.

The Minister pointed out that one of the major challenges faced by Zambia was the need for alternative energy sources to help ease pressure exerted on tropical forests arising from over dependence on biomass for domestic energy which exacerbated deforestation.

Mr. Kaingu noted that mitigating the effects of climate change required resources to respond to the challenges of climate change and curb further environmental degradation.

ZANIS/ENDS/SC



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