WINDHOEK, 17 JUN – A public hearing will be convened at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism on Monday, following the High Court ruling on the environmental clearance certificate case for marine phosphate mining last month.
Judge Shafimana Ueitele ruled in favour of Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP), which took the MET to court for setting aside the environmental clearance certificate issued to it by the Environmental Commissioner last year.
According to the judgement given by Ueitele in the High Court on 18 May 2018, the MET minister set aside the granting of the certificate primarily on the ground that the commissioner did not adequately consult the public and interested persons.
Chairperson of the Economic and Social Justice Trust, Herbert Jauch said in a statement issued on Friday, the hearing would be held to convince the minister that marine phosphate mining could not be in the public interest. And further, that the State had an obligation to protect the country’s resources in the public interest.
He added that the Economic and Social Justice Trust had also launched an appeal to have the environmental certificate set aside.
“This will be critical to prevent marine phosphate mining in Namibia, which holds unprecedented ecological and economic risks for the country and the Benguela ecosystem as a whole,” Jauch stated.
The public hearing will be held at the MET offices in Windhoek at 09h00.