Compiled by Keith Marera- Hotsprings
Environmental Champion Youths Forum
Preserve nature for the better
I am writing this report to tell you about the
clean-up campaign that was held at Hotsprings shopping centre. The activity was
organised by Save Odzi Community Network Trust a community-based organisation
in conjunction with Environmental Management Agency. Youths and women forums also took part in the
clean-up campaign event. The event was well attended by the local people,
business committee, youth, women, Environmental health technicians and other participants
from Buhera and Chipinge District.
Before the cleaning activities, Save
Odzi Community Network Trust chairperson Mr Nhachi told us the achievements and
failures of the organisation. In his presentation he said, they are offsprings
of Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association. They are well capacitated by ZELA
their mother body. He added that they work hand in glove with EMA, Council and
other organisations. After Mr Nhachi speech, Mr Chibuwe gave us feedback from
the meeting he attended in Bulawayo.
Mr Kaneta Chimanimani Environmental
Management Agency officer was given the room to give more information about the
organisation. Firstly, he told us more about what Environmental Management
Agency is and why the organisation was formed.
He said Environmental Management Agency is a statutory body responsible for
ensuring the sustainable utilisation of natural resources and protection of the
environment and coming with plans to prevent pollution and environmental
degradation. It is a parastatal under the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Climate.
The organisation was established under the Environmental Management Act
(chapter 20:27) of 2002. The Act was operationalized on 17 March 2003 through
Statutory instrument 103 of 2003.
Mr Kaneta continued telling us more
on the vision and mission of the organisation. A clean, safe, and healthy
environment, supporting an empowered society a sustainable and growing economy
by 2030 is EMA’s vision. Their mission is to regulate, monitor and to promote
the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the
environment while ensuring stakeholders participation. The organisational goals
are to increase compliance with regulation and standards and to establish up to
date baseline and database for environmental information. Environmental
Management Agency has two operational departments which are: the environmental
protection and the environmental management services.
Moreover, Environmental Management
Agency Officer was given the information about unsustainable activities
happening in the society such as land degradation, deforestation and riverbank cultivation. All the reports
from community were a sign of understanding the positive impacts of good
preservation of our environment. All this came from a detailed presentation
from Mr Kaneta. He also added that the Save Odzi Community Network Trust core
values and Environmental Management Agency core values are the same for
professionalism, stakeholder participation, responsiveness, accountability, and
Furthermore, after a short meeting
Mr Kaneta handed us cleaning equipment such as gloves, plastic bins, and brooms.
The place was so filthy, but we left it clean and safe. We spent more than four
hours cleaning the Hotsprings shopping centre. It was a battle but because we
were determined to make it in a day, we put extra effort.