World Environment Day is commemorated every year on the 5th of June and the Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. This conference resulted in the establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The aim of World Environment Day is; to encourage people to become active supporters of sustainable and equitable living, to promote awareness and have an understanding that communities play a central role in changing attitudes towards environmental issues, and to develop partnerships that will ensure all nations and people enjoy a safer and more fulfilling future.


Is Sand Abstraction a Driver of Land Degradation?

Is Sand Abstraction a Driver of Land Degradation?

Global assessments indicate that the percentage of total land area that is highly degraded has increased from15% in 1991 to 25% by 2011(UNCCD, 2013).The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO, 2011), estimated that every year, 24 billion tonnes of fertile soils are lost through erosion alone. In Zimbabwe, soil erosion remains one the biggest environmental challenges. Whitlow (1988) contends that 1 848 000 hectares of land in all agro-ecological regions in Zimbabwe are eroded and an average of 76 tonnes of soil is lost per hectare through soil erosion. Sustainable Development Goal number 15 aims at combating desertification as well as halting and reversing land degradation.                                                                                                                            Sand abstraction site threatening Granville Cemetry in Harare


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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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