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Mainstreaming sustainable forest and land management to enhance ecosystem resilience for improved livelihoods in Zimbabwe

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Mainstreaming sustainable forest and land management to enhance ecosystem resilience for improved livelihoods in Zimbabwe

As part of my Ministry’s contribution to achieving the 2030 agenda, an accelerated land restoration program will be implemented to enhance economic resilience.

HARARE, Zimbabwe, December 2, 2021 / APO Group / –

The process of land degradation negatively affects 3.2 billion people worldwide, of which 2 billion are in dryland regions. Therefore, promoting and investing in healthy and vibrant drylands around the world is key to better rebuilding and promoting a resilient world that fosters food security, biodiversity, addresses climate change, achieves neutrality on land degradation. and leave no one behind. The degradation of forest and land resources has been identified as the main impediments to sustainable development in Zimbabwe. The way in which people use and exploit natural resources contributes greatly to their degradation, and this is mainly due to activities such as over-cultivation, overgrazing, logging and clearing of forests to pave the way for expanding agriculture. and other activities.

To avoid this, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of the Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality (MECTHI), the Environmental Management Agency (EMA ) and other national partners launched a new Global Environment Facility (GEF-7) project to promote sustainable land and forest management in the dryland landscapes of the south-eastern lowlands of Zimbabwe. This initiative will support a cross-sectoral approach that will result in the integration of sustainable forest and land management to enhance ecosystem resilience to improve livelihoods in the Save and Runde catchments of Zimbabwe. The Honorable Minister Nqobizitha Ndhlovu (MP) officially launched the project today.

“As part of my Ministry’s contribution to achieving the 2030 agenda, an accelerated land restoration program will be implemented to improve economic resilience, food security, replenishment of biodiversity and increase land cover, thus mitigating climate change and creating green jobs, ”said the Honorable Minister Ndhlovu. in their official launch statements for the project. “My Ministry takes this opportunity to thank the United Nations family and in particular FAO for their continued collaboration in mobilizing resources for environmental management in the country within the framework of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements,” he added.

The project, which is funded by the GEF in the amount of US $ 10.4 million, will run between December 2021 and 2026. The project in Zimbabwe is part of a larger, programmatic and integrated GEF-7 Impact Program to sustainable dryland landscapes spanning 11 countries, of which seven are in southern Africa. The countries will be supported by a global coordination project and a regional exchange mechanism, both led by FAO. Project implementation is led by EMA together with other government, NGO and private sector partners. The project interventions will be carried out in three provinces of Manicaland, Masvingo and the Midlands.

“The project is anchored in the new FAO Strategic Framework, which focuses on the transformation towards more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life. The project is also aligned with national priorities and will contribute to the achievement of the goals described in the National Development Strategy 1 and will also contribute to the achievement of the SDGs ”, said Patrice Talla, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa and Representative of the FAO in Zimbabwe. , Eswatini and Lesotho.

In the face of climate change, unsustainable land management and growing population pressures, more attention needs to be drawn to dryland forests (such as the Save and Runde catchment areas) in order to prevent, avoid and reverse degradation trends, in alignment with SDG target 15.3, which urges countries to become land degradation neutral by 2030.

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