Environment in Zimbabwe

  • Zimbabwe: The Agony of Villagers Cut Off By Floods

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/03/12 "These bridges were built by Ian Smith's government, I was born in 1978 and this has always been the bridge I've known; presently it's broken. "So from 1978 until presently, this new Zimbabwe, I haven't seen anything new. Nothing." These are the lamenting words from Nkosilathi Khumalo (38), from Sibhula village under Chief Khulumani Mathema in Gwanda District. Sibhula, 41km south westerly of Gwanda town, is surrounded by the Hovi and Maleme rivers, which have their sources somewhere in the Matobo National Park and are tributaries of Tuli River.
  • El Nino and Drought Take a Toll On Zimbabwe's Cattle

    ZIMBABWE, 2016/01/17 Justin Dlomo watches his small herd of emaciated cattle scrounge for bits of dry grass with a growing sense of dread. "I don't even know what to do anymore," he says. Worsening drought in Zimbabwe has dried up water holes, crops and pasture, leaving farmers like 56-year-old Dlomo, who lives about 120 kilometres north of Bulawayo, unable to feed their animals - and unable to sell them for much either. "We are all selling off our livestock. Better that than watch the cattle die," Dlomo told Thomson Reuters Foundation.
  • A room where elephant tusks and rhino horns are kept in Harare

    CHINA, 2016/01/06 Zimbabwe is to increase the export of wildlife, including elephants, to China, the environment minister says.
  • Working Together For Migratory Birds And People Across Africa And Eurasia

    BOTSWANA, 2015/11/17 One lesson that has been well and truly learned in nature conservation is that for policies to be really effective nations have to collaborate to address common problems. Within the UN system it is as well recognized that this applies to the different Programmes, Conventions and Agreements set up over the years. That each of these bodies has a distinct niche and a clear role does not justify a bunker mentality. By synergizing, cooperating and collaborating they can find common cause with natural allies and seek compromises with those whose agendas do not necessarily match their own. AEWA, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds, is a prime example of an organization that embodies this approach.
  • Zimbabwe seizes 173 kg smuggled ivory at capital airport

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/10/28 Zimbabwe's wildlife agency said Monday that 173 kilograms of ivory valued at 43,000 U.S. dollars was seized at the Harare International Airport at the weekend. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesperson Caroline Washaya-Moyo said in a statement three locals and one Malian national were arrested in connection with the smuggling. She said the ivory was destined for Singapore. "We are happy that our system was able to detect the smuggled goods," she said.
  • Hunting in Africa - to Ban or Not to Ban Is the Question

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/21 Hunting has long been a highly controversial activity, whether as a sport (leisure or recreational), for commercial purposes or if done for cultural reasons. African nations that legalise hunting activities experience scrutiny around their conservation efforts, and how much money they make from it. Trophy hunting, which is offered in 23 sub-Saharan African nations, generates an estimated US$201 million per year. Out of the 23 nations taking part in legal hunting activities, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa have the majority effective controls and the highest levels of transparency.
  • Zimbabwe: Tokwe-Mukosi Flood Victims Return to Original Homes

    ZIMBABWE, 2014/08/06 Over 100 families relocated to Chingwizi have left the camp and returned to their original homes in the Tokwe-Mukosi flood basin in Chivi, as the stand-off between the families and Government over compensation and unfulfilled promises deepens. The families were relocated following floods that hit the basin last year and they are returning to the place a few months before the rainy season starts, risking being affected by fresh floods. Most of the returning families were said to be looking for pastures for their livestock next losing some of their cattle due to starvation at the camp. Their return comes as Chingwizi camp has reportedly been deserted, with most of the camp dwellers going into hiding next a police clampdown to quell riots which took place last Friday.
  • Tobacco Firms to Curb Deforestation

    ZIMBABWE, 2014/02/23 COMPANIES in the tobacco industry have launched an association aimed curbing the deforestation which is being caused by growers of the crop in the country. Tobacco farmers are said to be causing massive deforestation with over 20 % of the country's forests by presently lost to the furnaces of tobacco curing. "On deforestation I am happy to note that the tobacco companies have launched the sustainable Afforestation Association (SAA) with the aim of correcting the deforestation effects which are givable across country," Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (Timb) Chairperson Monica Chinamasa told stakeholders at Tobacco Sales Floor on Wednesday.
  • Climate change is a threat to international peace

    ZIMBABWE, 2013/04/02 CLIMATE change is a threat to international peace and security and calls for an address to the environmental challenges being experienced worldwide, Environment and Natural Resources Management Minister Francis Nhema has said. He said as such, a holistic approach was needed in addressing environmental challenges being experienced in the country such as deforestation, poaching, land degradation and pollution.
  • Farms, Settlements Shrinking African Lion Habitat

    BOTSWANA, 2012/12/24 The people of lions in sub-Saharan Africa is dwindling at a quick pace, according to a recent study, which found that lions have declined by additional than 75 % in the past 50 years, as farms and settlements proliferate. The study found that there are probably only around 32,000 lions still living on the continent. In 1960, there were as a lot of as 100,000 lions living in Africa. West African lions have experienced the greatest decline in people with only as few as 500 left in the region. Duke University researchers led the study, which was published in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.