Environmental impact assessment review fees reduced
ENVIRONMENTAL Impact Assessment (EIA) has evolved and become part of major project requirements in many countries, including Zimbabwe.
An EIA is a useful tool for promoting sustainable development and green growth because it enshrines components that bring about a balance among economic, social and environmental considerations.
The process brings about intra-generational and inter-generational equity as an integral part of the development equation where the ability of the future generations to meet their needs is not compromised.
An EIA is a process which identifies the environmental impacts of a development project and clearly outlines measures to mitigate the negative impacts caused during project construction, implementation and decommissioning.
The Environmental Management Act defines an EIA as “an evaluation of a project to determine its impact on the environment and human health and to set out the required environmental monitoring and management procedures and plans”.
The EIA is thus a tool that enhances sustainable development where environmental, economic and social pillars are mainstreamed in the project in a balanced manner.
In Zimbabwe, the projects that need Environmental Impact Assessments are listed in the first Schedule of the Environmental Management Act (Cap 20:27) and they include mining, quarrying, housing developments, ore processing among others.
The EIA is based on the “precautionary principle” a process which directs project studies and addresses environmental impacts before they occur.
EIA is a tool to achieve the desired balance between development and environmental protection.
EMA plays a facilitative role in as far as the EIA process is concerned. In an effort to promote the ease of doing business in the country, the Agency reduced EIA review fees for all prescribed projects with effect from December 1, 2015.
The EIA fees have been reduced on a sliding scale based on the impact of each developmental project on the environment.
Furthermore, staggered payments can been done on each stage of development of the project as shown below:
The new fee structure is aimed at boosting sustainable investment in the country as we endeavour to balance environmental, economic and social components in a growing economy.
The fees has been to promote the ease of doing business and to embrace all investments and guide them through a green growth pathway.
So why wait? Regularise your operations and contribute to sustainable development within the framework of a green economy.
The EIA does not inhibit development but enhances it and it is in this spirit that all investments that are prescribed must undergo the EIA process. Thank you for reporting the following sewer bursts; Glenview 2 Extension
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