Government incorporates youths to meet NDCs target

Government incorporates youths to meet NDCs target

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka GOVERNMENT has coopted youths in reviewing its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which aim to reduce energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita, by 33 percent (%), below the projected Business-As-Usual (BAU) scenario by 2030, with a view of coming up with a position paper on NDCs processes and recommendations for consideration. The immediate process of revising the NDCs provides an opportunity to support collaboration amongst government agencies and increase mutual understanding amongst government, industry and the community for top-priority actions, as well as, the roles and responsibilities…

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Government, FAO launch Lake Kariba fishery project cooperation

Government, FAO launch Lake Kariba fishery project cooperation

By Edward Mukaro STRONGER institutional collaboration and coordination amongst all parties in the Technical Cooperation Programme between the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for enhanced community resilience and sustainability of small-scale fisheries of Lake Kariba, has been described as critical for the nation to effectively implement the fishery project, which is expected to help spur economic growth, while eradicating poverty. The FAO responded to the government’s appeal of support in ecosystem-based management and utilisation of inland fisheries resources. Currently, approximately 80 percent (%) of…

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Government opens door for youths participation in climate change fight

Government opens door for youths participation in climate change fight

Nesia Mhaka GOVERNMENT has opened floodgates of opportunities and empower the participation and contributions of young people in climate change processes, and administration that intensifies efforts to reconstruct the country’s green economy in a sustainable way by 2030. As young people have gained increasing prominence on the international development agenda, so too has the issue of their participation and contribution to national developmental processes. Globally, there is increasing recognition that young people do not only have the right to decide how resources are allocated, but that they also have valuable…

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Building homes on wetlands hazardous, slows development

Building homes on wetlands hazardous, slows development

Nomthandazo Gabi FLOODS have continued to ravage property of hundreds of families’ property in Zengeza 4 and Manyane, raising concerns about corrupt council officials parcelling out housing stands on wetlands, despite the Government’s stern stance on the preservation of wetlands. Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana indicated that the crisis in Chitungwiza needs urgent intervention, before blaming residents for constructing houses on wetlands. Moreover, residents highlighted that the drainage system in Chitungwiza was in a state of despair and that the government had failed to maintain and repair a functional drainage system,…

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Government implored to research in renewable energy

Government implored to research in renewable energy

By Edward Mukaro GOVERNMENT has been implored to invest in research towards Renewable Energy (RE) for the nation to achieve sustainable development while reaping the multi-faceted benefits from the use of REs, climate change mitigation and renewable energy expert, Lawrence Mashungu has said. Zimbabwe identified renewable energy as one of the key cogs to advocate for achieving sustainable development, as the nation pushes towards a middle-income economy, as articulated in the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1). Speaking in an exclusive interview with The BusinessConnect, Mashungu acknowledged that the Southern African…

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Settlement siting irregularities, inadequacies expose local authorities

Settlement siting irregularities, inadequacies expose local authorities

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka ILLEGAL settlements on the country’s wetlands have exposed irregularities and inadequacies in settlements siting, planning and management by local authorities, thereby, impacting on livelihoods, through household and business losses, a recent cabinet report has said. Heavy rains have been flooding settlements on wetlands and in low lying areas, and destroying houses and property, with the relocation of affected households turning out to be the only viable option. Last week, Zimbabwe joined the globe in commemorating World Wetlands Day amidst a dire scenario where the nation is reported…

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Zimbabwe edges closer to adoption of electric cars

Zimbabwe edges closer to adoption of electric cars

By Wellington Zimbowa DISTRIBUTED Power Africa (DPA) is currently seized with rolling out electric vehicle (EV) charging stations around the country as Zimbabwe ups its stance toward the full adoption of green technology. This comes at the back of Government’s pledge late last year to provide the necessary environment that encourages the use of EVs ice of cleaner sustainable energy. According to DPA Zimbabwe’s chief executive officer Divvajeet Mahajan, the EV stations will be erected along the major country’s highways that connect major cities. He said: “Our charging stations will…

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Zim can win battle against Climate Change – Mashungu

Zim can win battle against Climate Change – Mashungu

By Edward Mukaro COHESION and implementation of the requisite adaptation and mitigation measures, which differ from region to region, are essential if Zimbabwe is to win the battle against Climate Change; Lawrence Mashungu, a climate change mitigation expert, has said. Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Business Connect, Mashungu said, “The battle against climate change can be won, but it depends on the quarantine shifting sort of preparedness we have. “It can be done because according to studies on high disaster-prone nations like Bangladesh, they always manage to minimise…

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Government to roll out more jatropha estates, nationwide

Government to roll out more jatropha estates, nationwide

By Edward Mukaro ZIMBABWE intends to replicate the Nyakadecha 10 000ha Jatropha project in seven (7) other Provinces, as the nation makes strides in fulfilling the COP24 Ministerial Declaration on Forest for Climate. Government and stakeholders have noted the positive climate benefits that arise from the fact that it is a renewable energy project whose benefits also weigh heavily on climate change mitigation. In a document in possession of The BusinessConnect, the project will ensure, “Reduction of carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere through carbon sequestration by the established jatropha…

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YVE attracts continent with simple, safe environmental solutions

YVE attracts continent with simple, safe environmental solutions

By Edward Mukaro AS Zimbabwe pushes to achieve its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in line with the Paris Agreement of 2015, Young Volunteers of the Environment Zimbabwe (YVE) plans to intensify its efforts towards mitigating climate change using simple solutions, in the wake of the organisation’s recent milestone, continental Green Award at the recently held at the Exhibition Park, in Harare. Youth organisations have taken the forefront in the fight against climate change by heading and complementing Government’s efforts to curb the negative impacts caused by climate change. It hasn’t…

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