The 2018 edition of the Africa Environment Day will be commemorated jointly with the World Wildlife Day and Wangari Maathai Day. The event will be hosted by the Environmental Management Agency, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife authority and Forestry Commission on the 3rd of March 2018, at the Africa Unity Square in Harare.


Africa Environment Day, celebrated annually on 3 March, was established by the then Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent.  Zimbabwe uses this day as a platform to discuss topical issues like waste management, sustainable development and green economy through symposiums, commemorations and exhibitions to allow discussions and sharing of insights, perspectives and experiences.

As a nation, we value this day which served as a platform to promote an in-depth understanding of the practices to be undertaken by; communities, civic society, industry and other sectors towards environmental protection. The day seeks to promote Environmental Education and Community empowerment by re-affirming the importance of all levels of education and training towards sustainable development.

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What is Sustainable Sand Mining?

There are many drivers of land degradation in Zimbabwe which include deforestation, veld fires, unsustainable farming practices and sand mining. Sand mining is emerging as one of the major drivers to land degradation in urban, semi urban and rural service centres centre as well as growth points, mainly due to construction activities. For thousands of years, sand and gravel have been used in the construction of roads and buildings.

In as much as sand mining is an essential component of the construction industry, it has to be done in a sustainable manner, ensuring that future generations will enjoy the same benefits from the environment. This involves mining from designated sites, and rehabilitating the land afterwards. If these aspects are adhered to it means that the environment will not be degraded with huge open pits which are a death trap to human beings and animals.


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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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