Pre-Environmental Audit

A Pre-Audit prepared for an on-going or proposed project that is expected to have a lesser level of impacts on environment and society.

Who prepares a Pre-Audit Report in Zanzibar?

Like the Environmental Audit Report (EA), the Pre-Audit Report is prepared by a recognized expert or firm who is authorised to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Report and Environmental in Zanzibar.

This figure shows the pre audit process. Note that gray boxes are the responsibility of the proponent, while the green ones are undertaken by ZEMA.

Pre-Audit Procedure

  1. Registration: A proponent must register his or her project with ZEMA by filling in the registration forms and submitting them together with a bank pay-in-slip for registration fee. The payment shall be determined by ZEMA taking into consideration the nature and scale of the project.
  2. Selecting an expert or firm to preared the Pre-Audit: The ZEMA submits to the proponent the list of recognized experts/firm eligible to do this in Zanzibar. From that list, a proponent is supposed to select and make an agreement with one firm to conduct the assessment. Next, a proponent is required to provide written notification to ZEMA on the name of the expert/firm he/she has selected to prepare the Pre-Audit for the activity.
  3. Preparation of Pre-Audit Report: The Pre-Audit Report will be prepared by expert or firm selected by the project proponent. During this process, the concerns and comments of stakeholders are taken on board.
  4. Submission of Pre-Audit Report to ZEMA: Once the Pre-Audit Report study is completed, the proponent, through his/her selected expert or firm, submits 6 hard copies and one soft copy of the report to ZEMA for review.
  5. Site verification: This takes place before the review meeting is held. The objective is to become familiar with the project by physically observing the project area, and to confirm what is written in the report. The project proponent will have to pay the fees for site verification, as well as for reviewing the document.
  6. Review of the Pre-Audit Report: The review exercise is carried out by selected technical committee in order to gain the reviewer’s comments on evaluation of the strengths and weakness of the Pre-Audit Report.
  7. Decision-making: The outcome of the review could be Pre-Audit Report approval, Pre-Audit rejection or a request for further information.
  8. Issuing of Environmental Clearance Certificate: In case that the Pre-Audit Report is accepted, an Environmental Clearance certificate will be issued with conditions attached with it.
  9. Monitoring the project by ZEMA: This is conducted by ZEMA in order to ensure compliance and adherence to the approved environmental and social management plan, and to make sure the conditions attached to the Environmental Certificate are fully complied with.