Veld fires increase alarming

Veld fires increase alarming

By Staff Reporter ZIMBABWE has recorded a 31% upsurge in veld fires for the period between 31 July and 31 October compared to the same period last year, claiming at least three lives, the minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Mangaliso Ndlovu has said. Veld fires have become one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, causing unprecedented damage to Zimbabwe’s natural resources, forests, animal habitat and even leading to the loss of lives and valuable property. According to a recent Cabinet Briefing, “Cabinet was informed that…

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SB Moyo hails AGWEE Expo organisers

SB Moyo hails AGWEE Expo organisers

By Edward Mukaro and Tanyaradzwanashe Nyabvure The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Dr S. B. Moyo has praised organisers of the 9th edition of the Africa Green Waste and Energy Expo (AGWEE) and Conference as the platform provides a timely opportunity for participants to take stock of where the country and globe at large stands in as far as meeting the obligations of the 2015 Paris Agreement, to which Zimbabwe is a signatory. The AGWEEC 9th edition ran on the sidelines of the 125th edition of the Zimbabwe…

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Smuggling of chemicals rife

Smuggling of chemicals rife

By Wellington Zimbowa THE Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism And Hospitality Industry is working with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority to address smuggling of harmful l chemical products that affect the environment while tightening legislations. In his address to mark the World Ozone Day commemorations, minister Mangaliso Ndlovu. “Ladies and Gentlemen, as we phase out the remaining Ozone Depleting Substances and introduce the ozone and climate-friendly ones, illegal trade in phased-out substances has increased across the globe. There is, therefore, need to train Customs Officers and equip them with skills, knowledge…

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Mining stands to obliterate tourism

Mining stands to obliterate tourism

By Edward Mukaro MINING within National Parks is detrimental to wildlife conservation and poses an ecological disaster, that may obliterate the country’s tourism sector, the Centre for Natural Resource Governance has said. CNRG’s statement comes hard on the heels of Government’s announcement that banned all mining activities in national parks after environmental conservationists rang the alarm bells on foreign-owned mining companies that were carrying out activities in Hwange national park. Government’s response was swift, with Cabinet stating that ‘…mining activities on areas held by national parks is banned wit immediate…

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Conservationists take Government head-on

Conservationists take Government head-on

By Wellington Zimbowa HWANGE conservationists are up in arms with the government for ‘facilitating’ environmental degradation through granting of coal exploration concessions inside Hwange National Park by Chinese companies namely, Afrochine Energy and the Zimbabwe Zhongxin Coal Mining Group. A partner of Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in environment, Bhejane Trust says it intercepted the two companies conducting exploration inside Zimbabwe’s premier fauna and flora park, that is an international tourist attraction. “We followed up on this and discovered the Government has allocated two coal mining concessions in…

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ALL SET FOR SUSTAINABLE GREEN ENERGY

ALL SET FOR SUSTAINABLE GREEN ENERGY

By Wellington Zimbowa INDEED, Zimbabwe is not only open for Business but for Green Energy as well! Government through the Ministry of Energy and Power Development has taken a formidable step in fostering the adoption of alternative energy. His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa launched the National Renewable Energy Policy (NEP) and the Biofuels Policy Thursday at a ceremony graced by different stakeholders in the civil, corporate and energy sectors. In this particular edition, we shall focus on the National Renewable Energy Policy although both policies have the shared foundation of…

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FoTE targets 500 million trees, through fostering PPPs

FoTE targets 500 million trees, through fostering PPPs

By Edward Mukaro FRIENDS of The Environment (FoTE), a not for profit organisation has set a targeting of planting 500 million trees by 2026, through fostering mutual partnerships with public institutions like the Zimbabwe Prison Service (ZPS) and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP). FoTE, like-minded individuals and corporate entities, champions the re-greening of Zimbabwe through tree planting. Addressing delegates at the recently held Tree Growing and Care Inmates ceremony in Marondera, where 20 inmates where conferred with certificate after undergoing training in tree growing and propagation techniques FoTe Chairman Mr….

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