Hazardous substances monitoring at ports of entry

 

The transit and movement of hazardous substances, hazardous waste (dangerous goods) and oils through and within Zimbabwe, is prohibited unless they are cleared through EMA check points. EMA’s presence at border posts is to ensure compliance with the national legislation and international conventions on all hazardous substances or hazardous waste that are in transit and those destined for use in the country.

Hazardous substance spillage

Hazardous substance spillage

 

What are hazardous substances and hazardous waste?

Hazardous substances are materials whether solid, liquid or gaseous, or any organism which is injurious to human health or the environment.

Hazardous waste is waste which is poisonous, corrosive, noxious, explosive, inflammable, toxic or harmful to the environment.

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What Is Land Degradation?

Land degradation is any change in the condition of the land which reduces its productive potential. It is the deterioration in the quality of land, its topsoil, vegetation, and/or water resources, caused usually by excessive or inappropriate exploitation. It is caused by multiple forces, including extreme weather conditions particularly drought and human activities that  degrade the quality of soils affecting food production, livelihoods and the production and provision of other ecosystem goods and services. Land degradation is a global issue, with serious implications worldwide on biodiversity, eco-safety, poverty eradication, socio-economic stability and sustainable development.The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) estimates that 50 million people may be displaced within the next 10 years as a result of desertification, which is a form of land degradation. Globally 70% of all dry lands are already classified as degraded, representing 14% of the earth’s land surface area. In Africa 73% of agricultural dry land is thought to be degraded and 70% of Africa’s 500 million population depends directly on the environment for livelihoods.

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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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