22 April 2022
Compiled by Cosmas Sunguro and Proud
recent interface between Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and communities
from Marange and Chimanimani brought a glimmer of hope especially on
environmental management. The workshop ran from 20 to 22 April 2022 were hosted
by EMA and ZELA in Arda Transau, Chimanimani and Marange.
The objectives of the workshop were to
learn and share experience on Independent Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA) monitoring and to train the Community Based Organisations (CBOs),
community monitors, community members and traditional leaders on Initiative for
Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA). Participants
were drawn from organizations that include Zimbabwe Diamond Allied Workers Union
(ZIDAWU), Arda Transau Relocation Development Trust (ATRDT), Save-Odzi Community
Network (SOCNET), Chiadzwa Community Development Trust (CCDT), traditional
leaders, councilors, and community leaders. The events attracted more than 60
participants in total. In terms of gender, it was balanced and it was also
inclusive of the youth.
Nuggets learnt during the workshops.
attended the workshops there some nuggets that we picked from it.
- It is important to be well versed with
the EIA document that would have been given to an organisation as it gives
the basis of monitoring. One cannot be a monitor who is not knowledgeable
on what s/he is supposed to monitor. According to an EMA official, ”
monitors must be acquainted with the contents of documents especially the
Environmental Management Plan (EMP).
- It is important to note that exemptions
are given to certain projects, but it is vital to verify if indeed it is
exempted. While some companies can be unscrupulous to operate without EIA,
it is prudent that monitors verify the position of companies operating in
the area. It is important to understand the stage of the life cycle the
company is operating. Each stage has its own requirements during mining
and these are normally provided for in the EMP.
- The community-based organizations (CBOs)
have a role to play in ensuring the environment is kept in harmony with
- CBOs need to identify any negative and
positive impacts of the project.
- Monitoring as a continuous process is not
a once off event hence monitors presence is of paramount importance.
- During and after monitoring interaction with
stakeholders including giving feedback is important as indicated from
their statement above.
is a regulatory authority under Environmental Management Act chapter 20:27.
Their statement is ” Together protecting the environment ” shows that
everyone has a responsibility. There is an aspect of participating together as
opposed to individualism. The environment is meant for every citizen. The EMA
and Statutory instrument 7 of 2007 on EIA and ecosystem protection compel
prescribed projects to undergo the EIA process before implementation.
awareness campaigns to continue and to be done rigorously.
find alternative ways to participate in the EMA bill to those who failed to participate
during the public hearings.
capacity building to communities. Some of the language being used to be
simplified for the communities.
to continue capacitating community monitors with monitoring tools. While it is
acknowledged that the tools like tablets (phones) and some monitoring tool kits
had been issued, there is still hope that they can further capacitate monitors.
Monitors should continue engagement with mining companies and any other
stakeholders in environment management.
Monitors To do due diligence research about companies’ capacity to manage
environment during and after mining.
of artisanal small-scale miners on safety and environmental management by ZELA.
ZIDAWU Information Desk.
A member of PWYP Zimbabwe.