WHAT ARE INVASIVE SPECIES?

The Environmental Management ACT (CAP 20:27) of 2002 defines Invasive alien species as,exotic plants which have become naturalized and threaten the existence of indigenous species by penetrating and replacing indigenous vegetation. Invasive alien species came as ornamental plants from countries as far as South America. These species also come as a result of a tendency by foreigners to continuously desire to be associated with their areas of origin; a phenomenon called “cultural baggage”.

INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES IN ZIMBABWE

The following plant species are specified as the most common invasive alien species in Zimbabwe. Cactus Rosea (Opuntia fulgida) is common in Matebeleland South

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AIR POLLUTION FROM VEHICLE EMMISSIONS

Air Pollution is the introduction of substances or surplus energy as waste products of human activities into the atmosphere which directly or indirectly adversely alter the quality of the environment or cause undesirable effects on man, animals, vegetation or materials. The waste may be gaseous or particulate emissions. Transportation is a major source of air pollutants. Vehicles are probably the largest single source of pollutants such as hydrocarbons, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Vehicle emissions are a major source of air pollution in urban areas (2014)

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About EMA

The Environmental Management Agency is a statutory body responsible for ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment, the prevention of pollution and environmental degradation, the preparation of Environmental Plans for the management and protection of the environment. It was established under the Environmental Management Act [Chapter 20:27] and operationalised on the 17th of March 2003 through SI 103 of 2003.

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    A clean, safe and healthy environment, promoting a growing economy and empowered society.
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    To regulate, monitor and promote sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment with stakeholder participation.
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