Environmental Sustainability of SMEs

The SMEs sector in Zimbabwe has an estimated turnover standing at $7,4 billion circulating within the sector, with 2,8 million Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) owners and employing 2,9 million people. The same sector is contributing an estimated 40% of Zimbabwe’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the Newsday of 19 July 2015.

Out of 75 million enterprises across the world, 90 percent are SMEs (small and medium enterprises) particularly in developing countries. They contribute substantially to entrepreneurship, innovation, economic growth and jobs creation. 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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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN HANDLING HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES

Hazardous substances are an integral part of our day to day living. Their use is wide spread across individual, household and industrial activity yet their mismanagement can cause fatal irreversible environmental and health impacts. 

What is the Role of EMA?

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) plays an important role in regulating hazardous substances in Zimbabwe. A hazardous substance is any chemical substance that has; toxic, irritant, flammable, sensitizing or corrosive properties. Hazardous substances controlled by EMA are generally those that have mass-disaster potential, are highly toxic and pollute, and/or generate toxic wastes that can only be disposed of with greater difficulty. Some common examples are petrol, diesel, mercury, cyanide, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), pesticides and herbicides.

 

 

 

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About EMA

The Environmental Management Agency is a statutory body responsible for ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment, the prevention of pollution and environmental degradation, the preparation of Environmental Plans for the management and protection of the environment. It was established under the Environmental Management Act [Chapter 20:27] and operationalised on the 17th of March 2003 through SI 103 of 2003.

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Vision, Mission & Values

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    A clean, safe and healthy environment, promoting a growing economy and empowered society.
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    To regulate, monitor and promote sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment with stakeholder participation.
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    • Transparency • Professionalism • Timeous response • Stakeholder Participation • Unhu / Ubuntu •Team work •
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EMA 2017 SCHOOLS DEBATE TOPIC

 

ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ARE BEING GIVEN LESS RECOGNITION IN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES THAN OTHER RIGHTS IN ZIMBABWE.