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85 Percent Increase In Veld Fire Incidences

The 2021 fire season has destroyed a total  408 366.7 hectares of land representing an 84.97% increase during the same period in 2020 when 220 778.79 hectares were burnt from the recorded 395 veld fire incidences. The veld fire season which spans from the 31st of July to the 31st of October is a period […]

Used Face Mask An Environmental Hazard

Coronavirus waste has become a new form of pollution as single-use personal protective equipment (PPE) floods our rivers and dams. By Mitchell Musadziruma The Discarded single-use face masks used to stop the spread of coronavirus could be causing significant harm to the environment. COVID-19 has had a number of unexpected impacts on the environment, curtailing […]

Save Wetlands, Advocacy Group Appeals to ED

The Harare Wetlands Trust (HWT) has appealed to President Emerson Mnangagwa to intervene on wetlands mapping, policy and reforms amid concerns of widespread developments on the remaining ecosystem. In a letter to the President, HWT raised concern over developments on 50 percent of wetlands areas which has seen the flooding of many houses built on […]

Signs Of Soaring Green Energy Uptake As ZERA Registers 99 Companies

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) registered 99 renewable energy companies last year in what serves as testimony to wide spreading appreciation of green energy products. This follows last year’s gazette that required operating licenses for renewable energy companies. The move sought to improve service delivery and protect consumers from substandard workmanship in the wake […]

Cyclone Chalane To Hit Madagascar On Christmas Day

Weather experts continue to issue warnings of a tropical storm that is building up in the Indian Ocean and could make landfall in Madagascar at the weekend and proceed towards the Mozambique Channel early next week. AccuWeather senior meteorologist Jason Nicholls said the ongoing heating of the water surface in the southwestern Indian Ocean is […]

Increased Farm Brick Production Threatens Forests

A surge in production of farm bricks is fast becoming a key driver of deforestation in Zimbabwe, 263Chat has established. In Harare, temporary structures synonymous with yet to be regularized settlements like Hopely and Epworth suburbs have seen an increase in construction activities creating massive demand for farm bricks which are relatively cheaper. Informal brick-moulders […]

NPRC Calls For Mines Bill Amendment

The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) has added its voice in calling for the amendment of the mines legislation saying the current bill disregards property rights and customary traditions. In its wide ranging policy recommendations from its 2019 annual report, the NPRC regards mining as a source of conflict due to legislative gaps. The […]

Legislation Vital For Sustainable Mining Revenue Sharing

MUTARE- Repeal of the controversial Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Act left communities from resource-rich areas with limited legal legroom to benefit from mineral resource revenue. Against this background, a coalition of civil society organization is pushing for a new legislative framework to ensure communities benefit from natural resources’ extraction. Publish What You Pay (PWYP), an […]

Takavarasha Rubbishes Mines Amendment Bill Exclusion Claims

MUTARE– The Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) has rubbished claims by some organisations which are claiming they are being excluded from participating in the Mines and Mineral Bill Amendment process. Wellington Takavarasha, ZMF Chief Executive Officer said there are minor voices seeking to soil the process set up by the government which he claims has been […]

Government Urged To Adopt People Centered Climate Change Policies

MUTARE- Civil society players in Manicaland say climate change mitigation strategies and policies should place communities at the centre of all adaptation measures. Speaking at a Climate Change Symposium organized by Green Governance Trust and Partnerships for Development Initiatives (PDI) stakeholders called for holistic policies, which promote sustainable solutions to mitigate climate change impact. PDI, […]