Our Main Objective
The main objective for Eswatini Environment Authority (EEA) is to ensure that the environment in the Kingdom of Eswatini is treated in a proper way now and in the future. “Environment” means, without being limited to, the atmosphere, water in all its forms, land, soil and subsoil, flora, fauna, energy sources, mineral, topographical formations with energy potential, geothermal resources, living resources, landscape resources and other elements, and factors such as residues, garbage, waste and refuse, noise, living conditions in human settlements, and man-made products. EEA controls that the environment is treated properly and monitors the development in the state of the environment.
Eswatini Environment Authority working with the UNDP and the Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Affairs (MTEA) launched a campaign on the control of single-use plastic bags called “Phatsa Sakho Nawe: Towards a Plastic Bag Free Eswatini” on the 25 November 2020.
The main objectives of the campaign are to:
a) Sensitize the public about the environmental effects caused by single-use plastic bags waste and advocate for the reduction of the waste generated by the increased use of plastic.
b) Sensitize the public of the upcoming legislations imposing plastic bag levies as a traditional tool for behavioral change towards plastic use.
c) Inculcate some behavioral change around the issue of single-use plastic waste.
d) To jointly work with retailers in gathering data of how such campaigns reduce use of plastic bags.
Environment means the whole or any component of:
a. nature, including air, land, water, soils, minerals, energy other than noise, and living organisms other than humans;
b. the interactions between the components of nature and between those components and humans;
c. physical, aesthetic and cultural qualities or conditions that affect the health and well-being of people, and unless the context otherwise requires, refers only to the environment within the territory of Eswatini or over which Eswatini exercises rights of sovereignty, and “environmental” has a corresponding meaning.