En­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment re­view fees re­duced

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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

Dzi­varasekwa be­hind Machado Pri­mary School War­ren Park en­route to Kam­buzuma

Glen­view 7 along road verges CON­TINUE RE­PORT­ING ALL SEWER BURSTS AND IL­LE­GAL SOLID WASTE DUMPS TO THE EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL MAN­AGE­MENT AGENCY AND YOUR LO­CAL AUTHOR­ITY.

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