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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Happy Easter holiday to you all our valued stakeholders.

This period is usually characterized by religious and social gatherings as well as travelling as people will be going for holidays and to see their loved ones, among other reasons. During this hive of activity, there is need for everyone to spare a thought for the environment, in particular, waste management issues. The best thing to do this year is to celebrate the holidays in a litter free environment – Zero Tolerance to Litter – Everyone’s Responsibility.  

In order to achieve a clean, safe and healthy environment, we need to understand that every one of us has a role to play.  The sustainable management of waste calls for an integrated approach, where everyone participates to make our nation clean and litter free. Stakeholder participation therefore becomes key in resuscitating the aesthetic value of our once beautiful towns and cities. This week, we shall however, zero in on a few stakeholders as we look forward to the coming holiday; churches, motorists and public vehicle operators.

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Anti Corruption - Fraud Message

The Zimbabwe Code on Corporate Governance promotes good governance and high standards of integrity.  In line with this code, the Environmental Management Agency is committed to promoting sound corruption, bribery and fraud prevention mechanisms. Every employee of the Environmental Management Agency who knows or suspects any illegal, dubious or fraudulent activities occurring within the Agency should report them via WhatsApp, toll free or the website. Similarly, all stakeholders who are aware or suspects any illegal and dubious business activities involving Agency employees, suppliers and third parties are requested to report the issues on the mentioned platforms.  The Agency has a zero tolerance to corruption policy.

To report corruption anonymously please use the following channels:

Econet Toll free: 08080028

Tweeter: @EMAeep

WhatsApp: 0779 565 707

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

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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 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 •
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