Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:21

Tsitsi Vangili

Tsitsi Vangili

As programme officer for the association of women's clubs in Zimbabwe, she has been responsible for afforestation programmes by women in rural Zimbabwe.

Monday, 18 July 2011 17:21

T. Muller

T. Muller

Mr. Muller established in 1962 a 68-hectare botanical garden on the outskirts of Harare which has replicas of every major ecosystem in Zimbabwe.

The garden has important aesthetic and academic values. In 1987 he added a small vegetation survey unit to the National Herbarium and Botanic Garden with the aim of classifying and mapping the vegetation of Zimbabwe and making recommendation for biodiversity reserves.

He also carried out a detailed ecological survey of the approximately 80 km of rainforest, which occurs in Zimbabwe and made recommendation regarding its conservation.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 21:00

Pamuchigere Nembire

Pamuchigere Nembire

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.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 03:27

Mark Dokotela Ncube

Mark Dokotela Ncube

Mr. Ncube has developed his mixed farm in Matabeleland South on conservation principles.

His land surrounds a swamp, which he has preserved by planting grasses, which also serve as grazing for cattle. He pipes water from the swamp to reservoirs from which he irrigates, waters stock and cattle, and draws domestic supply. Mr. Ncube has shown how wise conservation can contribute to successful production.

He was awarded the Zimbabwe Natural Resources Certificate of Merit.

Mr. Ncube has shown that protection of swamps assists fanning in dry areas and his farm is a green oasis.

Thursday, 16 June 2011 16:00

Vivian John Wilson

Vivian John Wilson


In 1973 Mr. Wilson started the Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage. Its work involves rescuing trapped or injured wildlife, caring for orphaned animals, returning captive animals to the wild, establishing breeding groups of endangered African wildlife, research into wildlife and ecology, and education of the public, particularly children, in all fields of conservation. In addition, Mr. Wilson is carrying out surveys on the distribution of Cheetah in Zimbabwe and on protection of the Chirinda forest. Mr. Wilson, a biologist, won the Rolex Enterprise Award in 1987 for his research on the duiker. He is chairman of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Board.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:12

Norman James Melrose

Norman James Melrose

Since 1956 Mr. Melrose has been associated with the Doma Intensive Conservation Area Committee, a voluntary sub-committee of the Natural Resources Board elected to ensure that farming in the area is carried out in a conservation-conscious way. For 23 years he was in charge of operations carried out by the local mine to establish vegetation on the mine dumps which were being eroded by the wind and water to the detriment of neighbouring farms. Experimental and practical planting of different plant species resulted in all the slimes dams being vegetated in a self-regenerating manner, local couch grass, Port Jackson Willows, Acacia, Cyanophilla and Takoma being the mainstays. The mine dumps are now difficult to differentiate from the surrounding bush.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:02

Nyamuniwa Nyamunda

Nyamuniwa Nyamunda


Mr. Nyamunda is a farmer who practices conservation. Around his rural village areas he has begun to reclaim gullies, turning degraded land into highly- productive areas. He grows vegetables and has established orchards and fish ponds on the reclaimed land. In 1983 Nyamunda established his own woodlot to compensate for the number of trees being cut down during deforestation. His knowledge in conservation and farming has led him to develop agriculture and conservation training programmes for the school children in the surrounding area.
Thursday, 09 June 2011 19:29

Women of Mupata Village

 

Women of Mupata Village


The women of Mupata village in Zimbabwe helped establish a self-help community group to generate income and implement sustainable water projects to meet agriculture and food production needs in the village. The project, initiated in 1989, with the assistance of the Agricultural Technical and Extension Services and the Ministry of Womens Affairs, managed to drill 10 boreholes, providing the community with access to clean water. "Food societies" were organized to engage in poultry farming and manure used to fertilise maize fields. The project, which has greatly improved the standard of living, is being expanded to include cattle rearing.
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 20:25

Nyahode Union Learning Centre

Nyahode Union Learning Centre

The valley where the Nyahode Union Learning Centre is located used to be a white commercial farming area until 1980 when some refugees from Mozambique settled there. They established a secondary school, which could also be attended by young adults.

Soon, a land use plan was drawn and the students began reforesting, planting orchards, building dams and spillways to harness the high amount of rainfall and used them to irrigate the fields. With the green cover, water has not been a big problem and their area has been made into a model community.

 

Sunday, 22 May 2011 00:56

Environment 2000 Foundation

Environment 2000 Foundation

Environment 2000 (E2000), is a non-profit organization staffed by young Zimbabweans, whose aim is to: stimulate environmental awareness and action; uplift socio-economic sustainability and the well-being of the community; and protect the environment.

Aware of the need to work with the corporate sector to reduce environmental degradation, in 1992, E2000 established the Environmental Labelling Programme (ELP). ELP has received a favourable response from industry which is trying to become greener by requesting to have their operations audited before being awarded the blue or green logos stamp of approval. ELP also makes consumers aware of companies whose products and services are environmentally friendly and encourages them to avoid buying products and services which are not.

In line with its goal to spread environmental education, E2000 established clubs in schools, throughout the country, to educate young people about the economic, cultural and aesthetic value of natural resources and helps them develop a better understanding of nature conservation. E2000 provides information through its quarterly magazine "Green-line". Environmental debates, public speaking, camps, field trips, tree plantings and essay competitions are among other activities which E2000 Clubs undertake. Its Information Service engages in comprehensive research in rural and urban areas in order to expose negative environmental activities.

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