The Environmental Management Agency, EMA has urged citizens in mining communities to take Environmental Impact Assessment consultations critically and participate to ensure problems are addressed to avoid future conflicts.
Matabeleland South EMA provincial director Decent Ndlovu said the agency has noted with concern that many fail to attend or take the consultations seriously.
The EIA is a legal requirement in Zimbabwe in terms of the EMA Act (Chapter 20:27) as read with Statutory Instrument 7 of 2007. It is a tool used to define, quantify and evaluate the potential and known impacts of human activities on ecosystems at the earliest stage of project development. It is a technical and administrative procedure whose objective is to identify potential impacts and prevent environmental deterioration generated by human activities.