francis nhema 01-12-10 ed.jpgZimbabwe will this year host the inaugural African Environment Expo which is expected to provide a platform for stakeholders to exhibit various ways of environmental conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.


Environment and Natural Resource Management Minister, Cde Francis Nhema has challenged all industries, private and public companies to take part in the environment expo that will run under the theme ‘greening economy’ hence calls on the need for industry to move towards greening their activities.


The expo is expected to draw participants from 15 African countries, among them SADC nations such as South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi.


Cde Nhema said the expo, which will run from the 1st to the 5th of June, comes against a background of the global trend of high levels of industrialisation which lead to the increase in emissions of greenhouse gasses.


 “Environmental issues cut across all societal as well as business divide adding that greening the economy is key to the country as   we move towards a global trend of high levels of consumption,” said Cde Nhema.

The theme also provides a platform for the business sector as well as players in the environment sector to exhibit various strategies they are adopting towards greening their activities.


While Zimbabwe and other Third World countries are making such efforts to reduce carbon emissions despite contributing very little to ozone depletion, the major culprits, the industrialised West continue to resist calls to reduce their heavy carbon emissions.