Have You Planned Your Environmental Calendar?

As we begin a New Year and season, it is important for us to forecast how we are going to contribute to the wellbeing of the environment by planning our environmental calendar. The United Nations as well as the African Union have set aside environmental days. These observance days provide a platform for stakeholders to share ideas, experiences, and insights and raise awareness and publicity on various environmental issues.

World Wetlands Day - 2 February

This day marks the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Zimbabwe has acceded to the Convention and has seven (7) designated Ramsar sites. Zimbabwe has formed a taskforce to spearheadnational action and international cooperation Keep agricultural activities, infrastructure, housing and all development away from wetlands.

Africa Environment Day - 3 March           

The day was set aside by the African Union in order to heighten public awareness on topical environmental issues affecting African countries. Zimbabwe uses this day as a platform to discuss topical issues like waste management, sustainable development and green economy through   symposiums to allow discussion and sharing of insights, perspectives and experiences.

World Wildlife Day - 3 March

The Sixty-Eighth Session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim the 3rd of March as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.

 

International Forest Day - 21 March

The Day celebrates and raises awareness on the importance of all types of forests. Zimbabwe organizes activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns to heighten people’s appreciation of the value of trees.

World Water Day -22 March

The Day was declared an international day in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly and was first celebrated in 1993. It is devoted to conservation activities of water resources and its integrated use.

World Meteorological - 23 March

The day highlights the huge contribution that the National Meteorological Services Department makes to the safety and well-being of society.

Earth Hour - 27 March

The day focuses on the need to take action against climate change. The key activity undertaken during the hour is turning off lights in order to reduce the carbon foot print.

Earth Day - 22 April

Earth Day is a global attempt for international co-operation to address such issues as the greenhouse effect, the hole in the ozone layer, toxic waste, groundwater contamination, and destruction of rainforests, expanding deserts and ocean pollution.

National Fire week - Second week of May

The week is meant to raise awareness on protecting the ecosystems from veld fires. The country emphasizes fire guard construction, establishment and training of firefighting teams and enhances community preparedness to manage veld fires. Do not let your dreams go up in smoke, prevent and put out all veld fires.

International Day for Biological Diversity - 22 May   

The day was proclaimed in order to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Zimbabwe focuses on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources so that people appreciate the need to conserve biological resources. Stop deforestation, stop veld fires and stop destruction of our biodiversity.

World Environment Day - 5 June        

The Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.The aim is to encourage people to become active supporters of sustainable and equitable living, to promote awareness and an understanding that communities play a central role in changing attitudes towards environmental issues. Zimbabwe normally holds an Expo where stakeholders show case their initiatives and innovations that are environmentally friendly. 

World Desertification Day - 17 June

The United Nations General Assembly acknowledge that desertification and drought are a global problem as they affect all regions of the world and require joint commitment of individuals and organizations to work together in minimizing this problem. Zimbabwe emphasizes on sustainable land management, water harvesting, crop rotation as well as afforestation programmes in order to reduce land degradation and drought impacts

Clean up Zimbabwe Month – September

The month of September has been set aside as the Clean-up month during which anti-litter activities are intensified. Some of the anti-litter activities which characterize this month include; raising awareness, roadblocks, clean up campaigns, amongst other activities. The main purpose of all this is to create a clean, safe and healthy environment. Place all litter in a bin.

International Day for the preservation of the Ozone Layer - 16 September

The Montreal Protocol was adopted on 16 September 1987. Governments agreed to co-operate in phasing out chemicals that deplete the ozone layer

 

 

 

 

 

National Tree Planting Day - First Saturday of December

The first Saturday of December each year, is a day when all citizens of Zimbabwe participate in tree planting activities, and marks the beginning of the tree planting season up to the end of summer. This day commenced in 1980 and it is a national and patriotic duty for every individual take part in tree planting and care activities .The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe leads the event showing tree planting commitment from the highest levels. Plant a tree every year.

Get involved as communities and organize local level activities for the observance of these environmental days. It is encouraged to think globally and act locally because  environmental issues are intertwined and sustainable utilization of the environment depends on people working together.

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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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