Are you prepared for the fire season?

Veld fires have become one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, causing unprecedented damage to Zimbabwe’s natural resources, forests, animal habitat and even leading to the loss of lives and valuable property.  Simply defined, veld fires are blazes that get out of control, become wild, and destroy extensive tracts of forests, grasslands, animals, people and their properties in the process.

Fires can destroy vast areas of forest and grassland

According to the Environmental Impact Assessment and Ecosystems Protection Regulations (Statutory Instrument 7 of 2007) the fire season starts on the 1st of July up to the 31st of October. During this period, no one is allowed to start open fires. It is called the fire season because veld fires are prevalent during this time of the year, especially between June and November which are characterised by conducive weather conditions for the spread of fires such as strong winds, hot temperatures and arid conditions. During this period the fuel load (e.g. dry leaves, wood, dead plants and grass)is high and more susceptible to fires.The heavy rains that the country received in the previous agricultural season have resulted in long grass and healthy plants; these pose a lot of danger as they drive the spread and increase the intensity of fires. As we approach the fire season, it is therefore particularly important for us to take stock of the destruction caused by veld fires in previous years so that we put in place measures that will protect our lives and properties.

Read more ...

Environmental Impact Assessment and Licensing Requirements

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a planning tool used to identify, predict and assess the potential impacts (either negative or positive) that may arise from planned projects, and propose ways of minimizing the negative ones whilst enhancing the positive ones. Apart from reviewing and issuing EIA certificates, the Agency monitors certain industrial activities so as to monitor and regulate the adverse environmental effects brought about by the activities.

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) wishes to notify the public that in terms of the Environmental Management Act [CAP20:27] the following industrial activities require licensing:

Read more ...

Search Our Site

The Environmental Management Agency has a zero tolerance to corruption policy. All employees and stakeholders who know or suspect any illegal, dubious or fraudulent activities involving Agency employees, suppliers and third parties are requested to report the issues.  To report corruption anonymously please use the following options:

Econet Toll free: 08080028

Twitter: @EMAeep

WhatsApp: 0779 565 707

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Read more ...

Report Complaints instantly

Featured Video

Vision, Mission & Values

  • VISION +

    A clean, safe and healthy environment supporting an empowered society, a sustainable and growing economy by 2030.

    To regulate, monitor and promote sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment with stakeholder participation.

    • Transparency • Professionalism • Timeous response • Stakeholder Participation • Unhu / Ubuntu •Team work •
  • 1

e-Newsletter Subscription