KNOW YOUR ROLE IN VELD FIRE MANAGEMENT

Veld fires have become one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, causing so much destruction to Zimbabwe’s natural resources, property and human life. In the past five years, from 2009 to date, 62 people died as a result of veld fires during the dry season. Millions of dollars’ worth of property, vast tracts of land, plantations, crops and pastures were also destroyed by veld fires, compromising the nation’s food security and nutrition status. Research has shown that; smokers, people who fish at night, honey harvesters, travellers waiting for early morning buses and hunters are the major culprits who cause the veld fires in Zimbabwe.

The Environmental Management Agency strongly believes in stakeholder participation in order to achieve a veld fire free environment. It is everyone’s duty to manage the environment in a sustainable manner during this fire season and therefore stakeholder participation is upheld. The fire season is the period between the 31st of July and the 31st of October each year. However, due to the changes in climatic conditions, the fire season extends till the inception of the rainy season. Therefore we are already in the fire season.

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INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE – are we losing our traditional practices?

What are Indigenous knowledge systems (IKS?)

Sophisticated knowledge of the natural world is not confined to science. Societies from all parts of the world possess rich sets of experiences, understanding and explanations. Indigenous knowledge refers to the understandings, skills and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings. For rural and indigenous peoples, local knowledge informs decision-making about fundamental aspects of day to day life.

This knowledge is integral to a cultural complex that also encompasses language, systems of classification, resource use practices, social interactions, ritual and spirituality. These unique ways of knowing are important facets of the world’s cultural diversity, and provide a foundation for locally- appropriate sustainable development.

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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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Vision, Mission & Values

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    A clean, safe and healthy environment supporting an empowered society, a sustainable and growing economy by 2030.
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    To regulate, monitor and promote sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment with stakeholder participation.
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    • Transparency • Professionalism • Timeous response • Stakeholder Participation • Unhu / Ubuntu •Team work •
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