Sand Abstraction Drives Land Degradation

The extraction of sand and clay is one of the major drivers of land degradation in Zimbabwe’s urban, semi urban, rural service centres centre as well as growth points. , According to assessments carried out by the Environmental Management Agency in the past decade, sand and clay extraction is done mainly for construction. Development Goal number 15 aims at combating desertification as well as halting and reversing land degradation.

Most of the miners of sand and clay do so from undesignated points and do not rehabilitate the land afterwards. The abandoned sites are characterised by huge open pits which are a death trap to human beings and animals.  Limited livelihood options to the urban dwellers have worsened the country’s disposition to illegal sand mining.

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Environmental Conventions on Chemical and Hazardous Waste Management

International Environmental Conventionsalso known as multilateral agreements are an integral part of the international environmental governance system. Each convention covers specific issues such as climate change, biodiversity, desertification, land degradation and chemicals handling among others. The management of hazardous substances world over is regulated by various conventions such as the Basel, Bamako, Minamata,Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

 

 

 

 

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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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EMA 2017 SCHOOLS DEBATE TOPIC

 

ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ARE BEING GIVEN LESS RECOGNITION IN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES THAN OTHER RIGHTS IN ZIMBABWE.