Forestry Commission Zimbabwe

Forestry Commission Zimbabwe Forestry Commission is the state authority on all matters forestry. The Forestry Commission is a parastatal under the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry.It contributes to national socio-economic development through regulation and capacity enhancement in the utilization and management of forest resources.Its mandate is derived from the Forest Act (Chapter 19.05 as amended in 1999) and the Communal Lands Forest Produce Act ( Chapter 20 of 1987), which provides for the Regulation of Forestry Sector; Forestry Extension, Management of gazetted forests; Forestry Research and Training; and Income Generation.
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Deforestation Forestry Commission is concerned over the trend and fears that massive deforestation mainly on peri-urban ...
03/10/2020
Depressed grid, connection costs escalating deforestation

Deforestation

Forestry Commission is concerned over the trend and fears that massive deforestation mainly on peri-urban areas, will create negative environmental effects in the long term.

“Deforestation is on a massive scale and it’s all illegal as people are poaching firewood and harvesting charcoal. In almost all peri-urban areas, trees have been chopped,” Forestry Commission general manager, Mr Abednico Marufu,".....

https://www.chronicle.co.zw/depressed-grid-connection-costs-escalating-deforestation/

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Communities in Agroforestry............................................................... A tour of Manicaland Province...
02/10/2020

Communities in Agroforestry
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A tour of Manicaland Province by the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Hon. Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu and the various institutions under the ministry, brought the team to a community under village head Derera in chief Ngorima of Chimanimani district. This community has embraced woodland management and agroforestry practices to enhance their livelihood options. The community identified an area of about 329 hectares of indigenous forests which they have put under non-consumptive utilisation (introducing beekeeping projects), where2400 families are benefiting from the forest by managing over 150 beehives and producing organic honey for sale both locally and on the export market.
Protection of the natural forest which is a watershed area has resulted in sustained water provision for their Agroforestry and horticultural projects.

The Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry was this week on an inter-agency tour of Manicala...
02/10/2020

The Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry was this week on an inter-agency tour of Manicaland Province.
The tour was meant to check in on the operations and projects of all the institutions under this ministry namely; Forestry Commission, Environmental Management Agency, Allied Timbers, ZimParks and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority. All these institutions are key players in the environment and tourism sector in the province and nationally. With the tourism industry reopening after the covid-19 induced shutdown, it is important for these players to effectively carry out their mandates which support the tourism sector. A good, clean environment, healthy forests and thriving wildlife populations are the mainstay of Zimbabwe's tourism industry.

A summary of the tour in pictures below.

Forests For Tourism!

Forests and Tourism..................................................Tourism growth in the 21st century  relies more tha...
29/09/2020

Forests and Tourism
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Tourism growth in the 21st century relies more than any other economic activity on territories’ natural assets and hospitality. The social demand for attractive, quiet, safe and natural-looking spaces for recreation and ecotourism is rising, notably from urban populations seeking an escape from their 'concrete jungles'.

Forests and trees represent an ecological and economical asset for any tourist destination by enhancing it's attractiveness to prospective clients.

Zimbabwe held it's belated World Tourism Day celebrations in Mashonaland West Province on the 28th September 2020. The highlight of the day was the celebration of rural tourism at Kore-kore village. This village is now a licenced cultural tourism destination and Forestry Commission will work with this industry player to enhance the 'green' component of the place so that it becomes a key ecological and cultural tourism destination.

See World Tourism Day 2020 celebration in pictures below

28/08/2020

This is a Forestry Commission Production to highlight the extent of forest destruction directly linked to charcoal production in the country.

Veld fires remain a major driver of land degradation and deforestation in Zimbabwe During this period (Spring) , the ris...
28/08/2020

Veld fires remain a major driver of land degradation and deforestation in Zimbabwe

During this period (Spring) , the risk of runaway fires is higher due to the availability of dry biomass, heat and wind, which are the necessary conditions for the spread of veld fires.

This can be controlled by implementation of veld fire pre-suppression measures built on biomass reduction

1. Prepare standard fireguards

2. Have the necessary equipment, protective clothing and trained firefighting teams on stand by to extinguish these fires.

3. Avoid throwing cigarettes butts on the forest floor

4. Have fire beaters handy to extinguish the fire.

5. Sand can be a very effective method of veld fire control since water will not be readily available.

Below veld fire presuppression measures done at Sikumi forest -Dete before the fireseaon.

APICULTURE - Spring time activities!🐝Spring time, is like a new year for bees🐝The weather has warmed up and bees are rea...
12/08/2020

APICULTURE - Spring time activities!

🐝Spring time, is like a new year for bees

🐝The weather has warmed up and bees are ready to get busy making honey and producing.

🐝Spring is also the time to start your new hive.

🐝Make regular visits to the hive - at least once a week.

🐝In late spring make sure that the queen bee has not laid eggs in the honey store.

🐝In order to prevent the bees from swarming, look for any queen cells which are longer than the rest and pointed. However, if you need to replace your existing queen bee with a younger one, then leave them alone.

Below participants from Mwenezi and Chivi districts recently trained on beekeeping at Kutsungirira beekeeping society.

Agro-forestry forgotten  or neglected?? Agro-forestry is agriculture incorporating the cultivation of trees to take adva...
23/07/2020

Agro-forestry forgotten or neglected??

Agro-forestry is agriculture incorporating the cultivation of trees to take advantage of their symbiotic interactions and increase productivity.

There are several forms of agroforestry.

One such is spatial combinations of fruit trees and diversified vegetable growing. Root vegetables and runners are more adapted to be planted near the fruit trees.

Shown below growing onions and carrots under citrus fruit trees.

Have you ever sat back and thought about how your actions are impacting nature?
19/07/2020

Have you ever sat back and thought about how your actions are impacting nature?

Thank you Nyaradzo and Jah Prayzah#friendsoftheenvironment.
30/06/2020

Thank you Nyaradzo and Jah Prayzah
#friendsoftheenvironment.

It is my birthday week and tomorrow marks the start of my birth month. To celebrate the blessings I will be partnering with Nyaradzo Group to plant trees this coming Friday.

Trees represent life but the sad reality is we have spent more time destroying them than we have spent in planting them, yet this poses so many dangers than good to us.

I hope this will inspire someone out there. Trees are life and we need trees. For my birthday i will plant 33 trees and to keep the momentum going afterwards, I will plant an extra tree for every other video of mine as soon as it reaches a million views on youtube.

Starting tomorrow I say Happy Birth Month to all our July babies.. 😁

#life
#4July
#Birthday
#TovhairaFani

An air layer is a way to create a new mature  tree from the branch of an existing one while it is still attached to the ...
28/06/2020

An air layer is a way to create a new mature tree from the branch of an existing one while it is still attached to the parent tree. Since this process occurs in the foliar branches, suspended in air above the ground, it is referred to as "air" layering.

When new trees are propagated in this fashion the resulting fruit is identical in taste, color, texture and maturing characteristics as the parent tree.

This is one of the vegetation propagation ways Forestry Commission is using to produce improved varieties of fruit trees and other tree species that are difficult to grow from seed

You are welcome to come and learn about this and more from our Forest Research Nursery and other nurseries across the country

Africa's Pride
28/06/2020

Africa's Pride

A tour of Mafungautsi Forest today (26/06/20) with Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, H...
26/06/2020

A tour of Mafungautsi Forest today (26/06/20) with Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Hon. M. Ndhlovu and Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution in the Midlands province, Hon.L.Mavhima.

The forest is one of Zimbabwe's gazetted forests located in the Midlands province. It sits on deep. fragile kalahari sands, which are highly infertile and highly susceptible to land and forest degradation if not managed well.

This tour was to familiarise the two ministers with the current state of the forest to find lasting solutions to these challenges that will enable to forest to ecologically function again through collaborative approaches that restore forest integrity.

Tree roots improve soil and help to control the rate of land degradation. The presence of vegetation in an area lessens ...
26/06/2020

Tree roots improve soil and help to control the rate of land degradation. The presence of vegetation in an area lessens the impact when rain hits the ground. The tree roots also act to stabilize the soil and tie the soil layers together to prevent soil displacement.

Trees can therefore be used to reclaim degraded sites.

#treeplanting
#everyonesresponsibility

Forestry Commission Head Office today (23 June 2020) hosted the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of  Environment, Tou...
23/06/2020

Forestry Commission Head Office today (23 June 2020) hosted the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Mr Munesu Munodawafa.

The visit was important as it enabled him to touch base with the Forestry Commission on a number of key policy and operational issues and also to understand as we shared with him the challenges the institution is facing during this COVID-19 era.

It was also an opportunity for him to visit key departments at the Head office which include the Harare Forest Nursery, the seed laboratory and seed distribution centre, the forest research nursery, the timber Depot and honey processing centre.

Forestry Commission Zimbabwe
18/06/2020

Forestry Commission Zimbabwe

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 17 June 2020...........................................................
17/06/2020

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

17 June 2020
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This day is observed every year to promote public awareness on all efforts to combat desertification. It is a moment to remind each other that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.

This year, the day comes when Zimbabwe is grappling with a new economic activity that is hampering efforts at reversing the 330000 hectare per annum- rate of deforestation.

CHARCOAL PRODUCTION.

Hotspots for charcoal production (which is an illegal activity in Zimbabwe) have emerged in Muzarabani, Hurungwe, Hwange, Mhondoro-Ngezi, Mbire areas and are cause for concern as the activity is decimating the mopane species of trees.

2020 Theme for World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is: Food. Feed.Fibre - linking consumption and land.

This is a very apt theme in view of the challenge of charcoal production where people are only focussed on today's economic gains at the expense of the environment.
During this year’s observance, Forestry Commission calls for a change in public attitudes to the leading driver of desertification and land degradation: humanity’s relentless production and consumption.

Let's all help save our forest resource!

P.S- A video documentary on the extend of environmental damage caused by charcoal production will soon be available through our facebook and youtube channels.

THE Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry, Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu has urged schools t...
14/06/2020
Govt urges schools to take the lead in tree planting – ZBC NEWS

THE Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry, Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu has urged schools to take the lead in planting trees to mitigate the effects of climate change

Local News Govt urges schools to take the lead in tree planting by 13th June 2020 13th June 2020 By Lisa Masuku THE Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry, Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu has urged schools to take the lead in planting trees to mitigate the effects of climate...

Zim@ 40 Tree planting programme. The Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry (Honourable Nqob...
13/06/2020

[email protected] 40 Tree planting programme.

The Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry (Honourable Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu) recently officiated at a [email protected] tree planting campaign at Matjinge High in Bulilima, Matabeleland South Province.
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This a programme where Forestry Commission has approached traditional and political leaders to encourage them to set aside part of either their land or land belonging to institutions and plant trees to mark 40 years of tree planting since the attainment of our Independence in 1980.

An exotic fruit tree orchard and indigenous fruit tree orchard were commissioned by the Minister during the event while ornamental trees and windbreak trees were also planted at the school.

Forestry Commission is promoting growing of fruit trees which help to protect the environment and ensure food and nutrition security.

12/06/2020

Join us on Wednesday, 17 June in commemorating
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2020

Theme- “Food. Feed. Fibre - Sustainable Production and Consumption"
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This year’s observance is focused on changing public attitudes to the leading driver of desertification and land degradation, which is humanity’s relentless production and consumption.
As populations grow larger, wealthier and more urban, there is greater demand for land to provide food, animal feed and fibre for clothing. Meanwhile, the health and productivity of existing arable land is declining, worsened by climate change.
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought seeks to educate us on how we can reduce our personal impact on earth.

World  Environment  Day 2020 commemorations from across the country Tree planting, field day and clean up campaign It's ...
06/06/2020

World Environment Day 2020 commemorations from across the country

Tree planting, field day and clean up campaign

It's Time for Nature - ACT NOW!

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Trees and forests are key components of any environment.
As forests fall to settlements, agriculture, infrastructure, climate change and pollution, nature’s ability to provide food, oxygen, clean water and climate regulation plummets. This directly impacts human health and livelihoods
The time to act is now.

It will take individual effort to save the environment.

Everyone need to develop a culture of environmental conservation and norms to enable recovery.

Grow and conserve trees

05/06/2020
Africa's Pride
03/06/2020

Africa's Pride

03/06/2020

This Friday (5 June) is World Environment Day,
which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is, 'Time for Nature,' which Zimbabwe has customised to 'Time for Nature -Act Now'

The theme brings focus to nature's role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development.

This year's World Environment Day also concides with the June National Clean Up Day in Zimbabwe.

Forests are an integral part of nature and to mark World Environment Day, we shall be hosting Forestry Commission Zimbabwe's General Manager, Abedinigo Marufu on this page to discuss various issues around forests.

What will you be doing for your environment this Friday?

25/05/2020

The Africa we love.
Happy Africa Day!

#africaday2020

25/05/2020

Africa on our minds today.

Let us take time to appreciate the things that define us as Africans.

Happy Africa Day to us all
#africaday2020

22/05/2020
WWF Zimbabwe

WWF Zimbabwe

Happy #BiodiversityDay. We are so excited about today’s Webinar, so join us for this last session of #BANCS2020

#Youth4Biodiversity #Connect2Earth

International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)- 22 May 2020………………………………………………………………….Theme- "Our solutions are in natu...
22/05/2020

International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)- 22 May 2020
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Theme- "Our solutions are in nature"

International Day for Biological Diversity or World Biodiversity Day is observed every year on May 22 to promote biodiversity issues. The United Nations proclaimed this observance day to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

Biological Diversity/Biodiversity refers to the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat, a high level of which is usually considered to be important and desirable. Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play. A larger number of plant species means a greater variety of crops while species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms.
Healthy biodiversity offers many natural services
 Protection of water resources.
 Soil formation and protection.
 Nutrient storage and recycling.
 Pollution breakdown and absorption.
 Contribution to climate stability.
 Maintenance of ecosystems.
 Recovery from unpredictable events.

Zimbabwe, being part of a global community is today called upon to re-examine its relationship with the natural world, our land, our water, our air, our FORESTS. Despite all our technological advances, humanity is still completely dependent on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for health, water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter, and energy. The IDB theme “Our solutions are in nature” emphasizes hope, solidarity, and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature.

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I am a male age 42 years what can l do to have a lience for Nursery .what are the requirement need ? I propagate roses , grafted trees , indigenous trees and exotic trees .l need you help to have a licence for nursery. Thank u in advance .
I appeal to a very complascent and laid back and lazy Govt of Zimbabwe to wake up Notice the falling Rainfall levels When in 2960s it used to rain heavily and we used to see downpours regularly the total raindays in a year are rapidly falling Zimbabwe power supply depends on Hydro Electricity And for that we must have abundant water in lakes and rivers And water in lakes and rivers will come from rainfall and tree roots So we need a massive afforestation drive in which species like Juniper mesquite cedar Maple Indian neem tree Oak and native African species should be planted in billions across Zimbabwe .the roads and highways must have trees on both sides in multiple rows lakes and riverside and hills should have abundant green belt of wide leaf trees So gear up and make Zimbabwe as green as it was when it was ruled by foreigners when there was abundance of thick forests bring the forests of 1950s back again
Sir Zimbabwe rain intensity is falling due to rapid loss of green cover from forests and farmlands due to bad env policy Zim is one such country of Af in which total rainfall is poor 700 to 800 mm while in Zaire Uganda Nigeria it's around 1400 mm it's in deficit of 35%from average normal rain I last 50years of Central Africa regions This I have brought out from archives of world weather archives This is alarming situation and it points towards a slow process of desertification So mitigating steps has to be taken with co op from of rural Dev IDB and world bank to a three point approach 1) Increase the greenbelt in Arid states. on roadside riverside lakeside on hills and valleys through cluster farming of wide leaf trees and fruit trees and medicine plants 2) Encourage plantation on portion of farmlands and farm borders through incentive schemes 3) Through Forest deptt plan cluster plantation along lake fronts riverfronts dams rivers forest barren patches Pear mango Jackfruit Tamarind gooseberry plantation on a barren hill Encourage anti soil erosion prog and soil conservation through a foundation like actor Amir khan Paani foundation which worked excellently in restoring degraded hill in central।maharshtra and created man made lakes and lush forest over hills So nothing is impossible if done with confidence hope wisdom and hardwork and Honestly Bihar up maharashtra in india Did a excellent job by planting 3.42 and 8.25 crore (825 million)tree samplings on a single day on prithwi diwas earth day this August Zim also should endeavour to do such exercise in order to have nice rain and cool climate Hills should have this look Jaljeewan
Hello Forestry commission ,can you help by aresting the poachers in Tsholotsho ward please ,we are sick and tired by those criminal there snares all over from the railway up to Gwayi River . They're destroying everything even our livestock, We have a list of some them. I wish you to give them a lesson, As a farmer I'm worried. Come and deal with community please, It's a longtime no Forestry security patroling the region
Please respond to this: Your Forestry Commission Building Bulawayo across from Bulawayo Central Police Station. Built by taxpayer's money. Get close... Your money spent in protecting your building against you? Designed to cause harm. Anti-public. No warning sign. Primitive. Immoral. Criminal... Corruption....
How can I have 1000 plants of gum trees
hi can you please share the commissions contact details? I would like to make enquiries.
Good Day how much is a charcoal selling licence?
Wise words from Mr Ndlelambi of Fuller Forest in Hwange District as we planted 200 🌿 trees at Chief Mvuthu's homestead on Valentine's day. Thank you Forestry Commission for such education.
I love trees
I need a project of growing trees indeginous and exotic,may you assist