Tavatose Sisonke Schools Visual Art Exhibition 2015

As the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), we strongly believe in stakeholder participation to achieve a safe, clean and healthy environment.  Our mission; ‘to regulate, monitor and promote the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment with stakeholder participation’, shows how much we value the work done by various stakeholders to tackle some of the topical environmental issues in the nation. Schools are among the list of stakeholders that we work with. In so doing, we inculcate responsibility and environmental stewardship among school children, who happen to be the future leaders. We operate under the banner “Catch them young” because we believe that, ‘you cannot train an old dog new tricks’, hence children should be educated on environmental issues at a tender age, so that when they eventually become adults, they will be able to use their resources sustainably.

In an endeavour to raise environmental awareness in schools, the Agency partnered the National Gallery of Zimbabwe [NGZ] in running a competition called ‘Tavatose/Sisonke Schools Visual Art Exhibition’.

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Can Sand Abstraction be Sustainable?


Globally, it is estimated that every year, 24 billion tonnes of fertile soils are lost through erosion alone (UNCCD, 2001). In Zimbabwe, soil erosion remains one the biggest environmental challenges. Whitlow (1988) contends that 1 848 000 hectares of land in all agro-ecological regions in Zimbabwe are eroded and an average of 76 tonnes of soil is lost per hectare through soil erosion.

The post-2015 global development agenda foresees that land-degradation neutrality is possible if everyone takes responsibility.

Sand Mining and Transportation

Sand and clay mining is one of the major drivers to land degradation in Zimbabwe’s urban, semi urban and rural service centres centre as well as growth points, mainly due to construction activities. 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 severe land degradation, with 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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