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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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.

22/05/2020
Convention on Biological Diversity

22 May is International Day for Biological Diversity.

"As we seek to #BuildBackBetter from the current crisis, let us work together to preserve #biodiversity so we can achieve our #SustainableDevelopmentGoals."

Watch United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres' #BiodiversityDay message on how to strengthen the #COVID19 recovery and reduce future risk.

"Our solutions are in nature"

World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20..............................................................................Theme...
21/05/2020

World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20.
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Theme: Save the Bees

The purpose of the International Day of Bees is to acknowledge the role of bees in the ecosystem and their importance to livelihoods.
As pollinators, bees play a part in every aspect of the ecosystem.
🐝 They support the growth of trees and other plants, which serve as food and shelter for creatures large and small (Orchards and crops around bees’ record higher productivity compared to areas without bees.)
🐝Bees contribute to complex, interconnected ecosystems that allow a diverse number of different species to co-exist.

Bee keeping is one of our strategies for forest conservation in our community programs, providing a win-win situation for both the communities and the environment. Communities get a lucrative livelihood option while forests are allowed to thrive and provide other ecological services.

The primary products of beekeeping are honey (a highly nutritious and delicious food) and wax but we also get other products which include; *pollen
*propolis
* royal jelly and venom.
These products are of high economic value as they are processed into various food, cosmetic and medicinal products.

For more information and assistance on bee keeping (Apiculture), visit the Forestry Commission office near you.

15/05/2020

The second week of May is National Fire Week, where we start preparing the country against the scourge of veldfires.

The Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Hon. N. M. Ndlovu today delivered a press statement on Veld Fire Management, outlining the fire prevention strategies for 2020.

Environmental Management Agency
Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu

#Veldfireprevention
#NationalFireWeek

COVID -19 Lockdown and Mopane worm/madora/amacimbi harvesting.Health Safety vs livelihoods ................................
24/04/2020

COVID -19 Lockdown and Mopane worm/madora/amacimbi harvesting.

Health Safety vs livelihoods

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Mopane worm (Imbrasia belina) is an edible insect associated with the Mopane tree (Colophospermum mopane) from which its common name is derived. The worms are the larval stage in the lifecycle of the emperor moth.

In Zimbabwe, the highest occurrence of the Mopane is in Matabeleland South Province in Beitbridge, Bulilima, Gwanda, Matobo, and Insiza districts. Every year people converge in these districts from across the country to harvest mopane worms to sustain their livelihoods. Mopane worm traders and harvesters usually set up temporary camps at undesignated points in the forest for maximum collection. Over the past decade, there has been a shift from harvesting mopane worms for subsistence to trading both in rural and urban markets. The increasing importance of the mopane worms in the urban diet has increased demand, causing overexploitation of the forest product. This year has registered a record high in the occurrence of Mopane worms particularly in Gwanda and Insiza district.

Like many countries, Zimbabwe is under lockdown to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, but mopane worm harvesters continue to flock from different parts of Matabeleland South province to harvest amacimbi in obvious defiance of the lockdown guidelines. While awareness campaigns have been carried out in the hotspots with farm owners and members of the community and harvesters being encouraged to be patient and wait for the end of the lockdown period to resume their activities, this has not done much to stop this industry. Community leaders and farm owners are overwhelmed with the numbers of harvesters and have no capacity to remove them even if they appreciate the potential health hazard looming.

In the face of drought, climate change and the harsh economic environment, for most communities, the mopane worm harvesting season presents one of the few opportunities to engage in an economic activity that has the potential to sustain them for the rest of the year. Mopane worms have a short window of availability and the current argument is that following the government lockdown guidelines will mean losing out on a major livelihood opportunity.

With or without COVID-19 in our midst, the harvesting camps have always been a health harzard as they are temporary shelters without proper water and sanitation facilities for the harvesters. While the health situation is the topical issue and we urge the relevant authorities to find ways of addressing this challenge, Forestry Commission is also concerned with the unsustainable manner of harvesting being exhibited. As part of our extension programs, we educate communities with the resource on the need to balance today's gains and the protection of the future source.

In coming posts we will share pointers on sustainable mopane worm harvesting.

#staysafe
#stayathome

Africa's Pride
24/04/2020

Africa's Pride

23/04/2020

Sharing the Earth Day message to Zimbabwe from the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Hon N. M. Ndlovu.

While we continue with the #coronalockdown we owe it to ourselves to reflect on habits that have harmed mother nature and commit ourselves to a change in behaviour.

Sharing with you the information poster for our Tree of The Year 2020, the Baobab. We are available for further informat...
22/04/2020

Sharing with you the information poster for our Tree of The Year 2020, the Baobab.


We are available for further information on this and other tree species that you might be interested in growing but for now, let's take a minute and bow down to the magnificent 'upside-down' tree.

EARTH DAY 2020-   22 APRIL.......................................................................Today marks the 50th An...
22/04/2020

EARTH DAY 2020- 22 APRIL.
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Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the observation of Earth Day. It was first observed in The United States of America as a peaceful call for environmental reform, following the massive oil spill off the coast of Carlifonia. Today, this day unites millions across the globe, drawing attention to the environmental challenges facing our planet.

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is Climate Action.

Forests are one of the most powerful tools we have to combat climate change and provide food and habitat for the species of the world.

Forest ecosystems support diverse species and help to regulate diseases. The more biodiverse an ecosystem is, the more difficult it is for one pathogen to spread rapidly or dominate. Human action, however, has modified wildlife population structures and reduced biodiversity at an unprecedented rate, producing conditions that favour particular hosts, vectors and/or pathogens.

Deforestation rate is very high in Zimbabwe. In other countries research has linked 31% of outbreaks such as Ebola, and the Zika and Nipah viruses to deforestation . Deforestation drives wild animals out of their natural habitats and closer to human populations, creating a greater opportunity for zoonotic diseases - that is, diseases that spread from animals to humans.

PLANT A TREE SAVE THE EARTH
#earthday2020
#climateaction

Exploring the various uses of the Tree of the Year🇿🇼
21/04/2020

Exploring the various uses of the Tree of the Year🇿🇼

While we continue to #StayHome because of the #COVID19 pandemic, here's one recipe easy to make Baobab Fruit Cake. Remember that the Baobab is our national tree of year 2020. Enjoy #ATreeALifeAFuture #HealthyAtHome

08/04/2020

Sustainable Development Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. We need to work together to achieve this goal.

Tune in to the program 'Sustain - For Future Generations' on Ztv and Bizani Media YouTube Channel this Saturday at 1800hrs as we talk about efforts at accelerated afforestation given the many demands on our country's forest resource.

Tree of the Year 2020.........................................................................Shona name:               ...
31/03/2020

Tree of the Year 2020
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Shona name: Muuyu
Ndebele name:. Umkhomo
Common English name: African Baobab
Botanical Name: Adansonia digitata

The iconic African Baobab is a multi-purpose tree which offers protection and provides food, clothing and medicine as well as raw material for many useful items.

The fruit pulp, seeds, leaves, flowers, roots, and bark of baobab are edible and they have been studied by scientists for their useful properties, for example;
*Baobab fruit pulp has very high vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, carbohydrates, fibers, potassium, proteins and lipids content.
* Seeds contain good quantities of phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, sodium, iron, manganese, whereas they have high levels of lysine, thiamine, calcium and iron.

We will be providing more information on this tree species in future posts but in the meantime, share with us the various uses of this tree and its properties in your community.

Something we can all do in our solitude...Let's all join in..
28/03/2020

Something we can all do in our solitude...Let's all join in..

Today is Earth Hour! How are you supporting the environment? From the safety of your home, share your experiences and ideas, photos and videos of your contribution here and win. Add your voice for the planet on https://zimbabwe.panda.org #Connect2Earth @earthhour #ZimOurNatureOurPride

Public Notice...................................................................................................In line ...
25/03/2020

Public Notice
...................................................................................................In line with government recommendations to decongest workplaces to curb the spread of the Corona virus, please note that the Forestry Commission Head Office and all provincial and district centres will be operating with skeletal staff. Most of our staff will be working from home until further notice.

For any inquiries or assistance, please contact us through our numbers 0782719996-9, our social media pages and emails. We will respond and assist in any possible way.

Stay safe, protect yourself and your community!

#connecttoearth
23/03/2020

#connecttoearth

Your wellbeing is our top priority! We have cancelled our event that had been planned for 28 March in Harare due to health and safety concerns and urge you to stay in a safe place and participate in Earth Hour virtually this year. Please sign https://bit.ly/AfricaVoice and let us know what you are up to at home #connect2earth @EarthHour #ZimOurNatureOurPride

International Day of Forests 2020......................................................Large gathering or not #idf2020 w...
21/03/2020

International Day of Forests 2020
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Large gathering or not #idf2020 was commemorated in Hwange Rural District, Ward 2. In partnership with Environmental Buddies Zimbabwe, a small but impactful tree-planting event was held at Chidhobe Secondary School.

See event in pictures below.

Happy International Day of Forests all round and remember, small is ok too.

#thinkgloballyactlocally
#tooprecioustolose
#forestsandbiodiversity

20/03/2020

CATCH THEM YOUNG
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With forestry now an integral part of agricultural studies in both the primary and secondary school curriculum in Zimbabwe, it is important for schools to capacitate pupils and students with practical knowledge of the different aspects of Forestry.
Our doors are open for schools that require this kind of service.

The video attached is of Senga Primary School, grade 7 pupils on a day out at Gweru Forest Nursery today (20/11/20)

You can just see how much we enjoy hanging out with the young ones💚

#idf2020
#tooprecioustolose
#thinkgloballyactlocally

18/03/2020
International Day of Forests 2020 #idf2020

International Day of Forests
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This Friday (21 March) is the International Day of Forests, a day established by the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012.

Each year, various events celebrate and raise awareness on the importance of all types of forests, and trees outside forests, for the benefit of current and future generations. Countries are encouraged to undertake efforts to organize local, national, and international activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns on the day.

Importance of forests.
Under the United Nations Strategic Plan For Forests 2017-2030 and the Quadrennial Programme of Work of the United Nations Forum on Forests 2017-2020, Zimbabwe is working hard to meet Six Global Forest Goals which include the commitment to; reverse the loss of forest cover through Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) which includes protection, restoration, afforestation, and reforestation and increase efforts to prevent forest degradation and contribute to the global effort to address climate change; To enhance Forest-based economic, social and environmental benefits that includes improving the livelihoods of forest-dependent people; and to increase significantly the area of protected forests and other sustainably managed forests.
Forests, their sustainable management and use of resources, including in fragile ecosystems, are key to combating climate change, and to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of current and future generations. Forests also play a crucial role in poverty alleviation and in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Trees reverse the impacts of land degradation and provide food, energy, and income, helping communities to achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability.

Trees also have many environmental benefits and the most important one is related to the global phenomena of climate change where we are now recognizing the role of trees and forests in mitigating its effects. Forests have traditionally been important for communities, as sources of food, as sources of construction material and many times as sources of medicines. Access to forest resources permits the development of methods to allow for income generation, which decreases dependency on state-supported assistance programs. The International Day of Forests, therefore, is about celebrating these natural features and at the same time acknowledging human efforts to enhance and conserve forests.

2020 IDF Theme

The 2020 commemoration/celebration of the International Day of Forests will focus on Forests and Biodiversity to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people and their vital role in poverty eradication, environmental sustainability, and food security.
Biodiversity is under serious threat from deforestation, forest degradation, and climate change and managing forests sustainably, and restoring them when needed, is crucial for people, biodiversity and climate.

What will you do to celebrate International Day of Forests?
Remember to take local action for global impact.
#thinkgloballyactlocally

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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
My name is Jefry Makumbe, a student at the National University of Science and Technology, pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. I am conducting research on assessing the role of the mainstream media in creating and promoting environmental awareness in Zimbabwe, which is also sponsored by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA). To this end, I kindly request Harare, Chitungwiza, Epworth and Mazowe Rural District residents to complete the following questionnaire regarding your habits, preferences understanding and attitudes towards coverage of environmental issues by the mainstream media in Zimbabwe. It should take you about 10-15 minutes to complete this questionnaire. Your response is of utmost importance to me. Please do not write your name or contact details on the questionnaire. It remains anonymous. Should you have any queries or comments regarding this survey, please contact me on 0772955500 or email [email protected] Here is the link to the questionnaire:
Great organization. But please intervene and lobby for prevention of planting the eucalyptus terret coness. It is reversing your great efforts
This tree planting season , for the record I managed to plant 5 trees. Great achievement!
I just love trees...