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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Firewood and charcoal stalls are now common in urban areas and along highways leading to urban areas. This is emanating ...
24/08/2021
Firewood and charcoal — environmental and socio-economic impacts

Firewood and charcoal stalls are now common in urban areas and along highways leading to urban areas. This is emanating from increased demand for fuel wood in response to massive power cuts and new suburbs which are not connected to the electricity grid. Research has shown over 25% of urban households use firewood as the main source of energy for cooking while 80% use it as a substitute to electricity due to increased load shedding and high electricity costs.
Consequently, the demand for wood energy in urban areas has caused serious deforestation in urban areas, peri-urban areas and now even areas seemingly distant from the cities where trees are still considered to be infinitely in abundance. The adverse impacts of this, are already clear but will increase if the trend remains.

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The nationwide firewood/charcoal blitz hit Harare and other urban centres and growth points this weekend. Harare, like m...
08/08/2021

The nationwide firewood/charcoal blitz hit Harare and other urban centres and growth points this weekend. Harare, like most urban centres have made firewood/charcoal trade a lucrative business much to the detriment of our forest resources.

Over 120 tonnes of firewood and an estimated 3000 bags of charcoal have so far been recovered since the start of the blitz at the beginning of August.

Major hotspots in Harare are Mbudzi, Highfields, Chitungwiza - Chikwanha & Jambanja Unit M. Patrols in these areas are still in progress.

Trees are life, let's protect them!
Miti Hupenyu, ngatiichengetedzei!
Izihlahla ziyimpilo, asizilondolozeni!

Photos from Chronicle Zimbabwe's post
03/08/2021

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02/08/2021

The nationwide firewood/charcoal blitz in Lupane, Matebeland North today.

The blitz is not just about arrests and confiscations but it is also about spreading awareness on the need to conserve our forest resources. We are taking time to talk to people about the impact of their 'economic' activities ( firewood vending and charcoal production), while educating them on the regulations that are in place to protect forest resources.

Firewood demand for household use escalates during the winter season (May to July). Zimbabwe being largely a “trade econ...
02/08/2021

Firewood demand for household use escalates during the winter season (May to July). Zimbabwe being largely a “trade economy”, the advent of winter presents opportunity for some people to engage in illegal tree cutting to supply the high firewood demand. Forestry Commission is aware of this development annually and intensifies monitoring of these illegal activities.
In that regard, the Commission in collaboration with ZRP, EMA, RDCs and Urban Municipal police, among others, has instituted a nationwide program of patrols and blitzes covering the month of August and overlapping into September to control the scourge.

Forestry extension services
12/06/2021

Forestry extension services

Forestry extension services

World Environment Day#WorldEnvironmentDay Forestry Commission joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Enviro...
05/06/2021

World Environment Day
#WorldEnvironmentDay

Forestry Commission joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Environment Day 2021.

The theme for year`s World Environment Day is 'Ecosystem Restoration.'

Trees and forest are critical for balance of our ecosystems.

Restore forests - restore ecosystems

Minister calls on police to assist environmental entities https://www.chronicle.co.zw/minister-calls-on-police-to-assist...
24/05/2021
Minister calls on police to assist environmental entities

Minister calls on police to assist environmental entities https://www.chronicle.co.zw/minister-calls-on-police-to-assist-environmental-entities/

“I’m concerned by the activities I see each day which are a violation of environmental laws.There is indiscriminate cutting down of mopani trees which are crucial in the production of mopani worms which are a source of food and livelihood for the Beitbridge Community and other districts in the province.

“There is need for the police to assist environmental entities in controlling the cutting down of trees and other environmental crimes. I urge you as the community to stop cutting mopani trees as they promote production of mopani worms which are important to your livelihoods,” she said.

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International Day for Biological Diversity: 22 May 2021"We're part of the solution"........................................
22/05/2021

International Day for Biological Diversity: 22 May 2021

"We're part of the solution"
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Biodiversity plays a major role in maintaining the balance of the earth. It is the foundation of ecosystem services to which human well-being is intimately linked. All the variety of animals, plants, fungi, and even microorganisms like bacteria make up our natural world. When biodiversity has a problem, humanity has a problem.
Biological diversity resources are the pillars upon which we build civilizations and the loss of biodiversity threatens all, including our health. Trees and Forests are one of those pillars that support and enhance biological diversity.

Our Beitbridge District Team, took time out to join in the global commemorations of the International Day for Biological Diversity at Mtangamutshena Primary School, Beitbridge West Constituency

Officiated by the Deputy Minister of Home affairs and Cultural Heritage Honorable R.Maboyi, the event saw 120 trees being planted both fruit trees and ornamental.

Good going team Beitbridge! Indeed you are part of the solution.🌱🌱🌱🌳🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲

Today is World Bee Day#WorldBeeDay The theme of World Bee Day 2021 is: Bee Engaged - Build Back Better for Bees.Bees are...
20/05/2021
Khumalo, renowned beekeeper

Today is World Bee Day
#WorldBeeDay

The theme of World Bee Day 2021 is: Bee Engaged - Build Back Better for Bees.

Bees are important to the environment and for livelihood enhancement.

WHEN he was retrenched from his job in the manufacturing sector in 1993 Mr Feli Khumalo (65) from Izimnyama area in Mangwe District decided to fully venture into farming to eke a living.

Ten years later he decided to practice beekeeping which later became one of his main sources income. Mr Khumalo has gained vast knowledge and experience in beekeeping and has trained a number of farmers in the field.

Khumalo, renowned beekeeper https://www.chronicle.co.zw/khumalo-renowned-beekeeper/

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Deforestation threatens to***co growing https://www.herald.co.zw/deforestation-threatens-to***co-growing/ “Within the ne...
17/05/2021
Deforestation threatens to***co growing

Deforestation threatens to***co growing https://www.herald.co.zw/deforestation-threatens-to***co-growing/

“Within the next 10 years, we are likely to see a huge decrease in to***co farming if alternatives are not found. We want to encourage chiefs to encourage sustainable to***co farming.”

ZIMBABWE is in danger of losing out on significant foreign currency from to***co exports in the next 10 years if the wanton cutting down of trees without a corresponding replacement is not enforced.

Let’s preserve natural resources: First Lady
13/05/2021
Let’s preserve natural resources: First Lady

Let’s preserve natural resources: First Lady

THERE is growing evidence that the quality and quantity of Zimbabwe’s natural resources is diminishing fast, posing threats to communities and the economy which are reliant on sustainable exploitation of the resources, First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has said.

"Ochard for every school"Recently the Minister of Environment, climate, tourism and hospitality industry- Hon Nqobizitha...
03/05/2021

"Ochard for every school"

Recently the Minister of Environment, climate, tourism and hospitality industry- Hon Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu and Deputy chief secretary in the OPC - Rev Paul Damasane officiated at a fruit tree planting event at Nyabane primary school, Plumtree.

This part of the drive to ensure that every school has an orchard to ensure food nutrition and developing a culture of tree care and tree growing

23/04/2021

Sharing the full video of the 2021 Forest Industries Training Centre and Zimbabwe College of Forestry Joint Graduation ceremony held on the 8th of March 2021 in Mutare.

Launch of the 'For Every Child, A Tree' Zimbabwe Program...............................................................T...
21/04/2021

Launch of the 'For Every Child, A Tree' Zimbabwe Program
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The First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, today launched the' For Every Child, A Tree' program meant to accelerate the afforestation drive through the nationwide participation of school children.
Spearheaded by the Forest Lovers organisation and supported by the Forestry Commission, the program will see many schools around the country participating in tree planting initiatives in their communities.

The launch took place at the Grange Christian School in Harare.

LIVESTOCK plays a significant role in rural livelihoods and the economies of local farmers. They provide income and empl...
20/04/2021
Trees for livestock production

LIVESTOCK plays a significant role in rural livelihoods and the economies of local farmers. They provide income and employment for producers and others working along the value chain.

During crises, livestock is an important social safety net that families turn to for income, food and draught power.

The challenge that most communal farmers face is inadequate grazing to support livestock production...

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The Forest Industries Training Centre/Zimbabwe College of Forestry (FITC/ZCF) held a joint graduation ceremony for 35 fo...
12/04/2021

The Forest Industries Training Centre/Zimbabwe College of Forestry (FITC/ZCF) held a joint graduation ceremony for 35 foresters after successful completion of their training programs.
The ceremony, officiated by the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Honourable N.M.Ndlovu and hosted by the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution- Manicaland Province Hon. Matsikenyeri
was held at the colleges situated in Mutare, Manicaland Province.

In his official address, the Minister among other things challenged the forestry training colleges to strive for gender balance in our enrolment as this particular graduation had only 9 women out of the total 35 graduands

The graduation was celebrated under theme ‘Promoting a green economy through Forestry training’ which is quite a befitting one given the current economic environment in Zimbabwe. As the formal job market dwindles and the small scale entrepreneurs get established in large numbers, appropriate training is required to arm young people with green skills. A green economy is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcity.”

The Forest Industries Training Centre offers diploma, certificate and short courses in wood technology and saw doctoring while the Zimbabwe College of Forestry offers diploma, certificate and short courses in forestry. The institutions offer full time and block-release training to students from the entire SADC region.

07/04/2021

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#TreesForAllprogramme We are advocating for everyone to plant more and more trees, many many times, by offering a variety of both indigenous and exotic trees at very affordable and below cost price and inturn help save our forests, environment and earth. So to mitigate the effects of the ongoing rampant harvesting of Zumbani (Lippia Javanica) for medicinal purposes, we encourage people to plant the fast growing species of this organic, highly medicinal Wonder-Herb in their gardens, backyards, plots and farms or even on commercial scale. So we are offering a Special Offer at below cost price of only 50cents per plant. Hurry Call/Whatsapp +263772766685 or +263719964964 page: Zumbani Wonder-Herb Lippia Javanica #TreesForAll #SaveOurForests #Agroforestry #HerbalSolutions Material donations to assist this initiative a success are much welcome and appreciated
Selling marula seedlings Croton Mahogany To help with reforestation and preserve local woodlands and fruits
Can we get fruit trees from the forestry commission? Are they grafted ?
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.