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Volume 7, 14-20, November 2003
ISSN 1438-7890
 
African Journal of Environmental Assessment and Management
Revue africaine de gestion et d’évaluation environnementales
 

INSTITUTIONAL AND LEGAL PROVISIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT IN ZIMBABWE

 

Godwell Nhamo

 

This paper focuses on institutional and legal provisions of Zimbabwe’s Environmental Management Act of 2002 (hereby cited as the Act). The paper outlines environmental management trends prior to the enactment of the Act. Lessons are drawn from personal experiences with environmental management policy and law development and capacity building work. It is put across that Zimbabwe’s environmental management legislation prior to 2002 was highly fragmented, making it difficult to administer and implement activities aimed at addressing the requirements of sustainable development. Therefore, the Act of 2002 has put in place a harmonised institutional, legal and policy framework for sustainable environmental management in Zimbabwe. A conclusion is reached that apart from complementing the ongoing initiatives, the Act sets a solid platform that will significantly encourage and lead to the enforcement of sustainable environmental management in the country at a higher level than before.

 
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