THE FIRE SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING; CONSTRUCT FIREGUARDS AROUND YOUR PROPERTY

Veld fire management has been one of the environmental issues of concern in Zimbabwe affecting most farming communities. In 2017, 2705 fire incidences were recorded up from to 1 652 in 2016 translating to a 63.7% increase. As a result, 1268 534 hectares of land were burnt by fires compared to 1197 335 hectares during the same period in 2016, which is a 5.9% increase. The scourge killed 6 people in 2017 down from 7 in 2016 and destroyed property worth over $300 000 compared to $241 569.00 in 2016.

The increase in veld fire incidences, area burnt and the value of property destroyed can be largely attributed to the La nina effect which brought about more than average rainfall during the 2016/2017 rainy season, resulting in massive vegetative growth. This biomas was the necessary ingredient for veld fire occurrences and the situation could have been worse had it not been of the interventions by the Agency.  These included fireguard construction, hay baling, thatch and broom grass harvesting and early burning. 

What is a fireguard?

It is a belt of land that is cleared of all inflammable material in order to control the spread ofveld fires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A standard fireguard should be at least 9m wide and free from any flammable material

What is a standard fireguard?

A standard fireguard is one which measures at least 9metres wide on either side of a boundary line/fence. It then follows that between two properties, the fireguard becomes at least 18metres wide. Internal fireguards of at least 4,5 metres should be constructed in addition to the existing pathways and roads to ensure extra- protection of properties and other valuables. The width of the fireguards should be increased if the area is surrounded by tall grass.

When are they constructed?

Fireguards should be constructed before the end of June every year. However, we encourage the construction of fireguards to start during the months of April and May, taking advantage of the moisture in the soil.

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Environmental Sustainability of SMEs

The SMEs sector in Zimbabwe is a significant contributor towards the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and provides livelihoods to a sizeable number of people. They contribute substantially to entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth. This is also precisely why SMEs need to be a critical target to foster environmental sustainability in the private sector.

SMEs and the Environmental Impact Assessment

All SMEs carrying out prescribed projects that are listed in the first Schedule of the Environmental Management Act (Cap 20:27), such as; mining, quarrying, housing developments, ore processing should first of all do an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process which identifies the environmental impacts of a development project and clearly outlines measures to mitigate the negative impacts caused during  project construction, implementation and  decommissioning. The Environmental Management Act defines an Environmental Impact assessment as ‘an evaluation of a project to determine its impact on the environment and human health and to set out the required environmental monitoring and management procedures and plans’.  The EIA is thus a tool that enhances sustainable development where environmental, economic and social pillars are mainstreamed in the project in a balanced manner.

 

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In response to the current imperative by the New Government towards linking research and development, the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, has taken this initiative to engage local universities in environmental research. The Agency is mandated to regulate, monitor and promote sustainable management of natural resources and the protection of the environment with stakeholder participation. In this regard, EMA invites research proposals focusing on the outlined research themes.  Read more...

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