The Need of Green Economies for Zimbabwe

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SustainZim is now in its 2nd year with this edition being the 6th. We have had such a positive response in terms of content sent in and demand for more copies of the paper, which is proof the paper is reaching out to more people and achieving its goal of; educating Zimbabweans on sustainable development issues and creating a platform for collaborations

In this edition of SustainZim, there is particular focus on the ‘Green Economies’ aimed at reducing environmental risks, ecological scarcities and sustainable development. Due to the high unemployment rates in the country there needs to be focus on creating jobs in the green economy as opposed to industrialisation which is responsible for the high carbon emissions into our atmosphere. Developing countries should not follow the way of developed countries in terms of mass industrialisation but rather shift to green economies which are the future. We are now living in the era of technology and energy efficiency, more investment needs to be put in these areas.

Sweden has announced they will be collaborating with Zimbabwe to promote its green economy. Wallace Mawire from the Swedish embassy explains how they intends to address; land degradation, excessive littering, urban stream bank agriculture, massive pollution and wetland destruction, among other issues. The Swedish embassy is also conducting ‘Open Forum Series’ that seek to unpack the solutions to green Zimbabwe through open and interactive dialogue. These forums are attended by various stakeholders and explore the challenges and benefits of transitioning to a society built on sustainable environmental solutions. Other issues discussed are on how the public and private sectors can join hands to create green jobs for the youths.
Save Our Environment Trust (SOET) is an organisation in Gweru that runs a very successful ‘School Environmental Awareness Programmes’ that aims to foster the drive towards a green economy among children in the Midlands province. Their moto is ‘catch them young’ and the aim is to develop mindsets that are environmentally friendly from a young age. In this edition, Oswald Chisanga from SOET talks about their work at Cecil John Rhodes Primary School. While on youths, Ruvimbo Moyo talks about the need for a ‘Youth and Entrepreneurship Centre’ that provides space, offers skills and mentorship programs. Youths from all over the country have been sending in ideas for the ‘Rising Youth Emergence Competition’, which calls on ideas for strategic partnerships and spaces for youths to acquire the work experience and skills necessary to drive the economy forward. Such spaces bring likeminded people together creating an environment whereby solutions can be formulated. Other such spaces are ‘Climate Smart Villages’, Joy Mlambo writes about how these villages have been set up in Chiredzi district to help famers adapt and build resilience to climate change in a holistic way.

SustainZim receives content from individuals who are dedicated to sustainable development and have become regular contributors to the paper. In this edition, we have Nevson Mpofu who talks about how the world population is affecting the green economy. He states that an increase in population increases pollution therefore more communities should get involved in green economies. Mashoko Steven Grey discusses the importance of understanding the reduction of the impact from potential hazards by acting before the occurrence of the hazardous events. Mashoko emphasizes the lack of understanding and appreciation of disaster risk reduction planning as a tool for development by our government. Maloon Dahwa talks renewable energy sources and the advantages of combining solar and wind hybrid
energy systems.

The feature article for this edition is the continuation of the Green Innovations Hub (GiHub) run by UNICEF Zimbabwe and Development Reality Institute. GiHub facilitates for the transformation of promising ideas into practical solutions. 9 young participants with green ideas were selected and given funding. In this edition, we track the progress of the participant and consider the challenges they may be facing. The cartoon illustrates examples of green projects and how farmers and other rural residents can benefit from fish farming and water harvesting. Fish farming relieves the pressure on our wild fish stocks and provides protein in the diets as well as an income. Water harvesting helps famers use rain water to its fullest potential. By collecting the water there is less runoff which is the biggest cause of gullies in deforested areas. Julius Sadi from Aquaculture wrote an article that talks about fish production being the key to keeping up with the increase in the world population and demand for food. He explains how Zimbabwe has so much potential to increase fish production because of the abundance of water sources.

We at POVO Afrika would like to thank all our contributors and readers for their support. This shows there are organisations and individuals that are dedicated to leading Zimbabwe towards a green culture. The paper has been such a success in educating and opening the minds of Zimbabweans to the work being done and what more needs to be done around the country in relation to sustainable development. We invite comments and more contributions which can be sent to our email contribute@sustainzim.org, more information can be found on our website www.sustainzim.org.

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