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ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT

 

Purpose:

  • Achievement and support of democratic and participatory environmental governance to enable equitable and sustainable development.
  • Empower people to take charge of their environment through environmental education and awareness campaigns in industry, mining and agriculture
  • Encourage local communities to promote wise use of environmental resources
  • Engage authorities in lobbying for the amelioration of environmental problems in all economic sectors.
  • Building up communities' and institutions' appreciation and understanding of environmental management and the impacts of environmental damage on lives and livelihoods.

 

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Environmental problems constitute one of the key challenges in the 21st century. Focus is gradually shifting from politics and wars to environmental issues. This is mainly the result of the development of new technologies, which has generated an increase in solid mineral mining, oil exploration, an increase in the number of plants and factories, and the overall upsurge in the application of manufacturing tools. The quality and richness of terrestrial and freshwater have been polluted and subsequently declined. Hence it is safe to say that new developments in industry and manufacturing are the root causes of environmental degradation over the past three decades. This has been exacerbated by rapid population growth, urbanization, energy consumption, overgrazing, over-cultivation of lands, and industrial advancements engendered by globalization.
In Zimbabwe, poverty has become another major problem leading to a greater exploitation of natural resources for survival, and this worsens the environmental problems with the degradation of agriculture and arable lands, and mismanagement of available water resources. Energy consumption is now dominated by use of wood for fuel  in both rural and urban locations which ultimately causes another problem—deforestation.
This project is aimed at providing the public and grassroots groups with information on environmental rights, laws, and policies that assist them to participate effectively in decision making processes that impact on public health and environment in their communities.
We promote public participation in the sustainable use, management and protection of the environment and natural resources and the enforcement of the legal right to a clean and healthy environment. We work with communities and, government institutions to encourage public participation in the sustainable management and protection of the environment and natural resources and ensure that policy makers have sufficient knowledge on environmental law to apply to their day to day decision making processes.
 In this regard we also enable public awareness in the protection of the environment and assist government at all levels in formulating policies that promote rational management of natural resources and sound environmental practices.