FIRE MANAGEMENT TIPS
- 26 May
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Veld Fires are blazes that get out of control and become wild, and in the process destroy extensive tracts of forests, grasslands, animals, people and their properties. This frequent burning has implication on carbon stocks and emissions, wildlife habitat; human health and life as well as livelihoods.Veld fires are a problem because they pose a risk to life, property and the environment.
National Fire Week Launch
On the 3rd of June 2015, the Environmental Management Agency will launch the National Fire Week at Nyamakate area in Ward 7 of Hurungwe District in Mashonaland West Province. The theme for 2015 is "VELD FIRE PREVENTION - MY RESPONSIBILITY". The event is held each year to raise awareness on the need to protect the environment from veld fires. The launch will cascade down to all provinces and districts as the Agency embarks on a drive to reduce veld fires. Veld fires have become one of Zimbabwe’s greatest environmental challenges; in 2014, twelve (12) people lost their lives to veld fires, whilst 1 653 822hectares of land were destroyed.