Government has appointed a new Environmental Management Board after the term of the last board expired.
Addressing journalists at a function to appoint the board, Environment, Tourism and Hospitality minister Prisca Mupfumira said the board has been individually selected for their various skills, expertise and experience.
The new board will be chaired by Florence Chideya, an ex-diplomat while Christopher Chitindi, an ex-Zanu PF MP will be the vice chairperson.
Other board members are Irvine Kunene, Juliet Chiketa, Leon Muwoni, Molline Mayahle, Nickel Mushangwe, Sheila Sidambe and Tinofara Hove.
“All individuals that form part of this board have been individually selected for their various skills, expertise and experience which has been seen fit to guide the agency in performing it’s mandate to its fullest potential,” she said.
She said the current generation was facing a wide range of environmental challenges since the turn of the century.
“There is no doubt that our generation is facing a wide range of environmental challenges since the turn of the century.
The findings of the latest global environmental assessment outlook report indicate that our planet is increasingly getting poluted, rapidly warming, leading to climate change, losing biodiversity at a higher rate and witnessing high rates of deforestation and land degradation among others.
“The cause of these problems can be attributed to the influence of human beings on ecosystems through unsustainable development, population growth and overpopulation of the natural environment and it’s resources,” she said.
Mupfumira said addressing some of the challenges requires a shift in the way people view and utilise the environment and it’s resources.
“Addressing some of these challenges requires a shift in the way we view and utilise the environment and it’s resources.
“The responsibility to address these challenges lies squarely on our shoulders.
“The board thus has a great responsibility to guide EMA to work towards attaining a clean, safe and healthy environment in line with the constitution,” she said.