Zambia is a landlocked state, bordered by Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The Zambezi forms a natural riverine boundary with Zimbabwe. The climate is tropical with a rainy season (October-April). Zambia has large reserves of copper, zinc, cobalt, lead, coal emeralds, gold and uranium. Additionally, it is rich in hydropower with Lake Kariba on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border forming the world's largest reservoir by volume.

Key Water Issues and Challenges

  • Periodic drought
  • Tropical storms (November to April)
  • Air pollution and resulting acid rain in the mineral extraction and refining region
  • Chemical runoff into watersheds
  • Lack of adequate water treatment presents human health risks

Contact GWP Zambia

Ms. Ruth Beukman, Regional Coordinator

More Information

AQUASTAT -FAO's Information System on Water and Agriculture

UN-Water Statistics


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Posted: 2012-07-25

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