Category: Environment & tourism

Deforestation a cause for concern

Sustainable Afforestation Association has planted 11 000 hectares of plantation as a way of encouraging tobacco farmers to desist from wanton destruction of forests for firewood. The wanton destruction of forests by farmers and villagers has been a cause for concern among environmentalists. Tobacco farmers have been cited as chief culprits with calls to ensure they use coal or embark on plantations which can sustain their business increased. Bindura peri-urban has been affected as residents would fetch firewood for various purposes while farmers are also destroying the nearing forests despite calls to desist from such activities. It is prudent...

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Massive tree planting in Bindura

Sustainable Afforestation Association has planted trees on 11 000 hectares of land as a way of encouraging tobacco farmers to desist from wanton destruction of forests for firewood. The wanton destruction of forests by farmers and villagers has been a cause for concern among environmentalists. Tobacco farmers have been cited as chief culprits, with calls to ensure that they use coal for tobacco curing or embark on plantations which can sustain their business. Bindura peri-urban has been affected as residents would fetch firewood for various purposes, while farmers are also destroying the nearby forests despite calls to desist from...

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Zim committed to green financing

Zimbabwe has committed itself to develop a sound framework aimed at promoting green financing to ensure sustainable socio-economic transformation in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. Zimbabwe’s first green investments roundtable meeting being held in Victoria Falls has seen renewed determination by local economic actors and government officials to urgently harness green investments to meet the country’s developmental goals. Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet and Chairperson of the high level committee on climate change, Ambassador Boniface Chidyausiku said the government is keen to promote green investments in the country as part of efforts to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Mr Prince Mupaziriho is confident that the country will learn from regional and international examples to develop a sound green bond framework to support socio-economic transformation. Green bonds were created to fund projects that have positive environmental and climate benefits. The green bond market has surged to $72 billion in 2016, according to the climate bond initiative. The green investments roundtable meeting has attracted critical institutions and development partners such as the World Bank, United Nations, Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) and the African Development Bank...

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Rains expected from tomorrow

The Meteorological Services Department says the dry spell experienced over the past days will be followed by another wet spell starting tomorrow. According to the met department, substantial rainfall is expected to start this Friday onwards. Another cycle of rainfall is projected from the 18 of December whereby the country usually receives normal and heavy down-pours.   With weather experts still predicting normal to above normal rains this season, farmers should take advantage of this development to intensify their land preparations and planting their summer...

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Byo community urged to plant more trees

The Bulawayo community has been challenged to enforce environmental protection measures by planting more trees as part of the national strategy to promote the green economy. The Forestry Commission donated 60 indigenous trees to the United College of Education in Bulawayo as part of the commemoration of the National Tree Planting Day. Speaking on behalf of the Provincial Affairs Minister for Bulawayo, Cde Angeline Masuku , the Bulawayo District Administrator Mrs Elisa Chauke said  the nation has lost over 300 000 hectares of land where trees  have been lost creating the need to plant more. The flagship tree of...

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