EMA holds a Wetland Utilization Guideline Development Workshop

A consultative workshop on the development of wetland utilization guidelines was conducted at a hotel in Harare last week which was attended by 80 participants drawn from developers, representatives of residents, researchers, environmentalists, surveyors, engineers, local authorities, archtects and physical planning. 

The workshop was aimed at gathering information for the development of wetland utilization guidelines. This information will  be used for strengthening the legal framework that governs wetland utilization in Zimbabwe. Wetland utilization guidelines   are expected to strike a balance between the environmental, humanitarian and developmental issues.

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Watch out for Veld Fires this Season

Zimbabwe received normal to above normal rainfall in the 2016/17 season as a result of Tropical Cyclone Dineo. The rains promoted the flourishing of grassthat translates to high fuel load with a high probability of veld fire outbreaks during the dry period.

A fire risk prediction for 2017 indicates that the greater part of the country is at a high risk of veld fire prevalence. Communities should therefore be prepared for fierce and violent veld fire incidences.

That being the case, the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) is calling upon all land owners, occupiers and users, to put in place fire pre-suppression measures in the form of standard nine (9) metre wide fire guards on either side of a boundary and internal ones of at least 4.5m in breadth.

EMA is working with communities, encouraging them toundertake projects which reduce fuel load such as hay baling and thatch/broom grass harvesting. Furthermore, every farm, village or ward should establish firefighting teams and get in touch with EMA for training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hay bailing reduces fuel load and at the same time ensures the availability of stock feed during the dry season.

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EMA 2017 SCHOOLS DEBATE TOPIC

 

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

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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