UN Environment Programme Senior Official Sonja Leighton to Visit Zimbabwe

Sonja Leighton

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Acting Deputy Executive Director, and Director of Corporate Services Ms. Sonja Leighton-Kone will visit Zimbabwe from 06 to 11 February 2023. By Staff Reporter During her visit, Ms. Leighton-Kone will meet with His Excellency President E.D. Mnangagwa; and other senior Government officials including Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry; Minister of Energy and Power Development; and Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and Rural Development. In addition, Ms. Leighton-Kone will be meeting with the UN…

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UN Launches Joint Renewable Energy Fund in Zimbabwe

THE United Nations (UN) systme in Zimbabwe comprising of various UN agencies, has launched a UN SDG- Fund Initiative  to catalyze Investment into Renewable Energy for the Acceleration of the Attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The project proposal has been jointly developed by the Government of Zimbabwe, the UN system in Zimbabwe (namely UNESCO as lead, UNWOMEN, UNDP and UNCDF). Speaking at the launch in Harare, His Excellency Edward Kallon, UN Zimbabwe Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator said the fure needs sustainable renewbale eneergy projects.…

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AWF Zimbabwe hosts high level EU Delegation and Heads of Cooperation in Mbire District; showcases successful project implementation

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Zimbabwe hosted 8 European Union (EU) Heads of Cooperation and Deputy Ambassadors in Mbire District from 21-24 November 2022 amid efforts to showcase successful project implementation undertaken under the 2018-2021 EU LOZA funding and intensifying donor engagement. By Staff Reporter The EU Delegation comprised of Eva Van Woersem ; The Netherlands Deputy Ambassador, Head of Cooperation ; Anne Bourdy, France Deputy Ambassador, Head of Cooperation ; Michel Ott, Germany Deputy Ambassador, Head of Cooperation ; Bertholet Kaboru, Sweden Head of Cooperation ; Bernard De Schrevel,…

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World pays the price to AMR low risk perception

AMR

By Catherine Murombedzi Misuse, abuse and unnecessary exposure to antibiotics, when they are prescribed and used for conditions that are not caused by bacteria, like colds and flus, allows antibiotic-resistant strains to develop, this was highlighted in a recent webinar by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and experts during the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW). With antimicrobial resistance now ranked a leading killer among all other diseases and conditions, the world has run out of time amidst calls for urgent attention to end the AMR scourge. A clarion call by…

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FAO,WHO and Zim Gvt Capacitate Poultry Farmers In Managing AMR

Mr Tonderai Bungu (46) a Rusenverde villager within Odzi District has been in the broiler farming business for five years. However, lack of information around poultry farming and management had been hampering progress in his poultry venture. By Kudakwashe Pembere For years, he had been using unorthodox means of medicating and treating his birds, a move he says would affect output of his chickens and compromise quality if birds. “This is my fifth year rearing chickens but so far it has been a year doing this training. Back then, I…

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Climate Change Hits Mana pools National Park: One Pool on brink of permanently drying up, Baobab trees dying

Approximately 7,000 kilometres away in the City of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, the world is gathered for the COP27 climate conference to take action towards achieving the world’s collective climate goals in the midst of raging global warming and climate change induced catastrophes. The conference kicked off on November 6 ending November 18. By Michael Gwarisa Back home in Zimbabwe, the effects of Climate Change can already be felt in the Mana Pools National Park, one of the country’s leading tourist attractions and home to 350 bird species and large…

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Zimparks, AWF Partnership Boosts Morale In the Conservation camp

SUPPORT from the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) towards the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks), has already improved operational outcomes as evidenced by the reduction in poaching activities in the Mid Zambezi valley. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mid Zambezi Valley Since 2018, AWF invested over USD10 million in the Mid Zambezi Valley through infrastructural developments, provision, and digitalization of radio communication equipment, providing fuel, field and camping equipment, patrol rations, vehicles and boats for anti–poaching patrols and facilitating specialized training and capacity building programs for rangers as part…

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How Stoneridge, An Informal Settlement Uses Innovative Earthworm Technology To Manage Waste

IN 2019, the City of Harare hinted on plans to regularise Stoneridge, which is an illegal settlement 15 kilometers South East of the centre of Harare and houses not less than 39 000 households. However, while plans are still underway to formalise settlement and evidence of modern housing and road infrastructure already showing in some parts of Stoneridge where property developers have bought, there still remains a sizable number of people who are still informally settled. By Michael Gwarisa Majority of these people lack basic amenities owing to their settlement…

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Turning a Dump-Site into a fountain Of Hope: How MSF’s Sanitary Seals Are Purifying Underground Water in Harare’s Cholera Hotspots

Mrs Netsai Manthenga (46), a resident of Mbare National, recalls how they used to wake up as early as 4:00 in the morning to queue for water at Stoddard Hall in Mbare only to return home around mid-day. Elderly residents who failed to cope with the shoving and pushing at the water points would at times get their water from a nearby stream where raw sewage and dirty water that is usually drained from the Swimming pool nearby flows. By Michael Gwarisa It wasn’t easy,” she says, “Imagine spending eight…

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Zim Gvt Approves Human-Wildlife Conflict Relief Fund For Victims

INFORMATION, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa has announced the approval of a Human-Wildlife Conflict Fund for victims to compensate families and survivors of human wildlife conflict. By Michael Gwarisa The fund will also be extended to include preventative measures such as providing water in the game parks and enhancing grazing pastures as well as look at associated impacts such as livestock loss and control of wildlife and livestock movements to curtail the spread of diseases such as foot and mouth. Sources of funding will also include Treasury,…

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