KNOW YOUR ROLE IN VELD FIRE MANAGEMENT
- 17 Aug
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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.