Stakeholders welcome parliamentary report on wetlands management

By Wallace Mawire  The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and Harare Wetlands Trust (HWT) have welcomed the report of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment and Tourism on wetlands management, presented to parliament in February 2020.   The report was prepared in response to submissions made by ZLHR and HWT to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee […]

Zim adopts mapping technology to predict disasters

By Wallace Mawire After Cyclone Idai ravaged southern Africa, killing at least 1,000 people, Zimbabwe’s scientific community is actively using   geospatial mapping technology to better predict future disasters.  The cyclone hit southern African countries include Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe, at least 268 people were killed and many are still missing. Local scientists […]

Victoria Falls is not dry, climate change taking toll

“Facts have no feelings.” That’s a quote by flamboyant churchman Uebert Angel. It’s a quote that has made a lot of sense to Elisha Moyo in recent days — and perhaps to everyone else who has not allowed emotion to takeover fact in the aftermath of Stephen Sackur’s documentary on the Victoria Falls. The film […]

Poor macadamia harvest expected, climate change cited

MACADAMIA nuts farmers expect the poorest harvest ever this year owing to the side effects of climate change, which resulted in reduced rains and heat waves. Heat waves were experienced mainly between August and November last year, resulting in massive fruit abortion (fruit drops). In Zimbabwe, macadamia nuts are grown mainly in Chipinge and Chimanimani […]

Govt takes climate change awareness campaign to Mash Central

Government has started the second phase of Climate Change Mainstreaming District Awareness Campaign in Mashonaland Province. Officials from Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry and other Government departments today launched the programme in Guruve. They will also go to Mbire, Muzarabani and Mt Darwin among other districts in Mashonaland Central. The district […]

Farmers urged to harvest water to counter climate change

Farmers in Ecological Regions four and five have been urged to practice rain water harvesting to improve better yields as well as a mitigatory measure against climate change which has seen these areas receiving erratic rainfall. Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and storage of rainwater for reuse on-site rather than allowing it to runoff. Rainfall […]

Climate change needs new models

Climate change demands that governments throughout Africa, including Zimbabwe, should now “rethink the legal structure of land tenure.” That means tenants should “rather pay a fixed share of the harvest than a fixed amount of money.” A new study finds that if African governments encouraged a system of  “sharecropping”, the resilience of agriculture production in […]

Govt mainstreams climate change in development planning

GOVERNMENT has mainstreamed climate change in development planning at district, provincial and national levels in view of an increase in the incidence of climate-related disasters. Speaking during a climate change workshop in Bindura last week, acting Mashonaland Central provincial development coordinator Mr Cosmas Chiringa said most communities were vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, […]

Photographer zeroes in on climate change

BULAWAYO photojournalist, Crispen Ndlovu has embarked on a continental tour capturing historical features which could become extinct due to climate change. His photo-shoot follows a documentary about government atrocities dating back to Gukurahundi, including last year’s August 1 killings titled—The Killing Machine. In an interview with NewsDay Life &Style, Ndlovu said the motive was to […]