Mercury and the Environment and Human Health

Africa hosts a third of the world’s mineral wealth and has significant deposits of gold, Zimbabwe is no exception. The country’s endowment with vast gold reserves has given rise to artisanal gold mining, whose use of mercury in gold processing has brought several environmental and health impacts. World over, emerging evidence indicates that artisanal and small scale gold mining related mercury contamination,  is contributing to serious health and ecological impacts and has raised concern among environmentalists.

Mercury is a persistent, highly toxic heavy metal whose continued inhalation can cause death.  It is estimated that artisanal small scale miners, mostly from vulnerable backgrounds, active in the gold and diamond sectors, constitute more than half of all mineral exploitation in the world. UN environment estimates that 3, 5 million people are at risk of health impacts in artisanal and small scale gold mining sector of which 2, 5 million are in Africa. A research (Global Mercury Project) by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) which was conducted between  2007 to 2012 revealed that Zimbabwe had an estimated 500 000 artisanal gold miners, the number is expected to have increased over the years.

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Mercury and Artisanal Mining

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The WWF Africa Youth Award 2018 is here. Yet another opportunity to recognise African youth who have made significant contributions to society in advancing the conservation and sustainability agenda. Read more...

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Zimbabwe is party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification; which seeks to reduce Desertification, Land degradation and Drought (DLDD) and its impacts on people living in drylands. It is a requirement under the Convention that member states submit progress reports every two years on the implementation of the Convention. Under the Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting process, Zimbabwe prepared a baseline report against which the current report is based. call for proposals

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The Zimbabwe Code on Corporate Governance promotes good governance and high standards of integrity.  In line with this code, the Environmental Management Agency is committed to promoting sound corruption, bribery and fraud prevention mechanisms. Every employee of the Environmental Management Agency who knows or suspects any illegal, dubious or fraudulent activities occurring within the Agency should report them via WhatsApp, toll free or the website. Similarly, all stakeholders who are aware or suspects any illegal and dubious business activities involving Agency employees, suppliers and third parties are requested to report the issues on the mentioned platforms.  The Agency has a zero tolerance to corruption policy.

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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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