In 1982 Mr. Nembire, a traditional chief in East Zimbabwe, declared part of his tribal lands which had been degraded during the liberation war a protected area.
He carried out soil conservation and promoted sustainable agriculture among villagers. The protected area has regenerated into indigenous woodland and the local crop yields have increased.
He was honoured with the 1988 national certificate of merit by the national resources board of Zimbabwe. His achievement is an example for marginal farmers in Zimbabwe and elsewhere.