Impacts of mining on land use - A case (study) of Luanshya district, Zambia

dc.contributor.advisorBroadhurst, Jennifer
dc.contributor.advisorOdendaal, Nancy
dc.contributor.authorSakuwaha, Kabangu Grace
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-01T06:51:17Z
dc.date.available2019-03-01T06:51:17Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.date.updated2019-02-25T10:56:37Z
dc.description.abstractCopper mining is the main driver of Zambia’s economic growth and development and plays a significant role in the global supply of materials for electrical, plumbing, heating and transport equipment among other benefits. However, primary production and beneficiation of copper pose serious risks to the mining districts such as environmental pollution, landscape alterations, land degradation and social economic challenges to the host communities. This research looks at the landscape alterations in the mining district of Luanshya, and how these alterations are related to mining and other land uses. Using remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the landscape alterations were mapped and analysed to identify the processes causing these alterations and their impacts on land use. Secondly, stakeholder interviews were conducted to gain a deeper understanding of the mapped landscape alterations, what the approach has been to land use planning and the stakeholder roles in this planning. Analysis of the findings identifies that landscape alterations in the district have been caused by different inter-related mechanisms stemming from a number of causes. These causes include high dependency on copper mining; inadequate enforcement of environmental legislation; lack of state involvement in land use planning of mining districts; and also global factors such as commodity market conditions. As a result, boom and bust commodity cycles have had significant impacts on the wellbeing of both mining communities and the environment. These impacts are not limited to the mine sites alone but extend to entire districts. This research also identifies that while mining plays a vital role in the economic development of Zambia, adequate enforcement of environmental legislation and adoption of inclusive land use planning may stimulate sustainable development of mining districts and foster sustainable land use patterns. Furthermore, this study recommends that future land use planning must be dynamic in terms of adopting postmining restoration of landscapes and infrastructure while also taking the direct and indirect impacts of mining into account.
dc.identifier.apacitationSakuwaha, K. G. (2018). <i>Impacts of mining on land use - A case (study) of Luanshya district, Zambia</i>. (). University of Cape Town ,Engineering and the Built Environment ,Department of Chemical Engineering. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29856en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationSakuwaha, Kabangu Grace. <i>"Impacts of mining on land use - A case (study) of Luanshya district, Zambia."</i> ., University of Cape Town ,Engineering and the Built Environment ,Department of Chemical Engineering, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29856en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationSakuwaha, K. 2018. Impacts of mining on land use - A case (study) of Luanshya district, Zambia. University of Cape Town.en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Sakuwaha, Kabangu Grace AB - Copper mining is the main driver of Zambia’s economic growth and development and plays a significant role in the global supply of materials for electrical, plumbing, heating and transport equipment among other benefits. However, primary production and beneficiation of copper pose serious risks to the mining districts such as environmental pollution, landscape alterations, land degradation and social economic challenges to the host communities. This research looks at the landscape alterations in the mining district of Luanshya, and how these alterations are related to mining and other land uses. Using remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the landscape alterations were mapped and analysed to identify the processes causing these alterations and their impacts on land use. Secondly, stakeholder interviews were conducted to gain a deeper understanding of the mapped landscape alterations, what the approach has been to land use planning and the stakeholder roles in this planning. Analysis of the findings identifies that landscape alterations in the district have been caused by different inter-related mechanisms stemming from a number of causes. These causes include high dependency on copper mining; inadequate enforcement of environmental legislation; lack of state involvement in land use planning of mining districts; and also global factors such as commodity market conditions. As a result, boom and bust commodity cycles have had significant impacts on the wellbeing of both mining communities and the environment. These impacts are not limited to the mine sites alone but extend to entire districts. This research also identifies that while mining plays a vital role in the economic development of Zambia, adequate enforcement of environmental legislation and adoption of inclusive land use planning may stimulate sustainable development of mining districts and foster sustainable land use patterns. Furthermore, this study recommends that future land use planning must be dynamic in terms of adopting postmining restoration of landscapes and infrastructure while also taking the direct and indirect impacts of mining into account. DA - 2018 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2018 T1 - Impacts of mining on land use - A case (study) of Luanshya district, Zambia TI - Impacts of mining on land use - A case (study) of Luanshya district, Zambia UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29856 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/29856
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationSakuwaha KG. Impacts of mining on land use - A case (study) of Luanshya district, Zambia. []. University of Cape Town ,Engineering and the Built Environment ,Department of Chemical Engineering, 2018 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29856en_ZA
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Chemical Engineering
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.subject.otherMining
dc.subject.otherZambia
dc.subject.otherland alterations
dc.subject.otherland use
dc.subject.otherLuanshya district
dc.titleImpacts of mining on land use - A case (study) of Luanshya district, Zambia
dc.typeMaster Thesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters
dc.type.qualificationnameMPhil
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