ROLES OF STAKEHOLDERS IN VELD FIRE MANAGEMENT

Veld fires have become one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, causing so much destruction to Zimbabwe’s natural resources, property and human life. In the past five years, from 2009 to date, 62 people died as a result of veld fires during the dry season. Millions of dollars’ worth of property, vast tracts of land, plantations, crops and pastures were also destroyed by veld fires, compromising the nation’s food security and nutrition status. Research has shown that; smokers, people who fish at night, honey harvesters, travellers waiting for early morning buses and hunters are the major culprits who cause the veld fires in Zimbabwe.

The Environmental Management Agency strongly believes in stakeholder participation in order to achieve a safe, clean and healthy environment. It is everyone’s duty to manage the environment in a sustainable manner during this fire season and therefore stakeholder participation is upheld.

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WHAT ARE INVASIVE SPECIES?

The Environmental Management ACT (CAP 20:27) of 2002 defines Invasive alien species as,exotic plants which have become naturalized and threaten the existence of indigenous species by penetrating and replacing indigenous vegetation. Invasive alien species came as ornamental plants from countries as far as South America. These species also come as a result of a tendency by foreigners to continuously desire to be associated with their areas of origin; a phenomenon called “cultural baggage”.

INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES IN ZIMBABWE

The following plant species are specified as the most common invasive alien species in Zimbabwe. Cactus Rosea (Opuntia fulgida) is common in Matebeleland South

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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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    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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