Veld Fires are blazes that get out of control and become wild, and in the process destroy extensive tracts of forests, grasslands, animals, people and their properties. This frequent burning has implication on carbon stocks and emissions, wildlife habitat; human health and life as well as livelihoods.Veld fires are a problem because they pose a risk to life, property and the environment.

National Fire Week Launch

On the 3rd of June 2015, the Environmental Management Agency will launch the National Fire Week at Nyamakate area in Ward 7 of Hurungwe District in Mashonaland West Province. The theme for 2015 is "VELD FIRE PREVENTION - MY RESPONSIBILITY". The event is held each year to raise awareness on the need to protect the environment from veld fires. The launch will cascade down to all provinces and districts as the Agency embarks on a drive to reduce veld fires.  Veld fires have become one of Zimbabwe’s greatest environmental challenges; in 2014, twelve (12) people lost their lives to veld fires, whilst 1 653 822hectares of land were destroyed.


Keep Harare Clean

In order to fulfill its vision of " safe, clean and healthy environment supporting an empowered society and a growing economy" the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) works in partnership with stakeholders who are involved in waste management initiatives. The stakeholders include: Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Litter mornitors, Waste Management Commitees and Local Authorities. Of late, Churches, schools, tertiary institutions and youth groups have also come on board, taking up waste management initiatives.  Local Authorities have not been left out on these waste management initiatives; the City of Harare is an example of one such Local Autority that has embarked on a clean up campaignn running under the theme 'Keep Harare Clean'.

Keep Harare Clean Project

The City of Harare in conjunction with the Environmental Management Agency (EMA)  and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) other partners have  intensified the Keep Harare Clean Project, an environmental campaign that inspires and empowers communities around the capital  to clean up, maintain and conserve their environment. The programme is under the City’s Environmental Recovery Plan adopted to ensure a sustainable clean city.

Sanitary Lane Between Baines & Tongogara streets before and after cleaning (7/5/15)


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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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