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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Pre- NTPD from Bikiti Masvingo provinceFirst Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa who is also the patron for Environment has bemoaned...
26/11/2020
First Lady laments deforestation

Pre- NTPD from Bikiti Masvingo province

First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa who is also the patron for Environment has bemoaned rampant deforestation and degradation of forests countrywide, and called on the nation to plant trees and preserve forests in order to help mitigate effects of climate change such as recurrent droughts.

" I wish to point out that agro-forestry, tree planting and sustainable forest management are key ingredients to reducing climate change impacts such as droughts that are becoming a common feature in our country. This is largely because of the ability of trees to absorb and store considerable amounts of carbon during their lifetime,” she said.
https://www.herald.co.zw/first-lady-laments-deforestation/

First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has bemoaned rampant deforestation and degradation of forests countrywide, and called on the nation to plant trees and preserve forests in order to help mitigate effects of climate change such as recurrent droughts.

Away from the Strategic Planning Workshop that is currently happening this week, the tree planting drive is gaining mome...
25/11/2020

Away from the Strategic Planning Workshop that is currently happening this week, the tree planting drive is gaining momentum in the provinces and districts.
Masvingo Province today hosted a pre-National Tree Planting Day event where the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa (represented by the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution-Honourable Ezra Chadzamira) held at Mandara Primary School, Bikita.

A total of 1200 trees were planted at this site with focus to spread tree planting efforts to surrounding areas as the season progresses. The messages carried on the day promoted agroforestry projects mainly fruit trees on farm land and homesteads
#fruittrees_foodsecurity_nutrition
#Treeplanting_everyone'sresponsibility #TWEP_SustainableTobaccoGrowing

Forestry Commission this week is holding its Strategic Planning Workshop in Harare. The objective of the workshop is to ...
24/11/2020

Forestry Commission this week is holding its Strategic Planning Workshop in Harare.

The objective of the workshop is to formulate the Commission's 3-year Strategic Plan for the period 2021-2023.

The key to a crafting a successful, deliverable strategic plan is to have an understanding of stakeholder demands and expectations so day 1 lined up presentations from our wide-ranging stakeholder base ( traditional leadership, academia, sawmillers, commercial timber industry players etc)

You are an important stakeholder so we welcome your contributions to this process too.
You can post your contributions on this page or call us via our toll-free numbers
08080499/08080510.

The session today (in pictures) below.

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24/11/2020
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“An indication of where the rate of deforestation directly linked to tobacco growing is highest. @forestrycom1 Strategic Planning Workshop for 2021-2023.”

VICE President Kembo Mohadi led in tree planting in Makhodo area between Gwanda and Beitbridge where he was officiating ...
21/11/2020

VICE President Kembo Mohadi led in tree planting in Makhodo area between Gwanda and Beitbridge where he was officiating at the official opening of a new business complex and lodge.
He planted the tree of the year; Baobab.

This continues to set the momentum for tree planting this season, where we expect to plant at least 15 million trees.

This project planted several ornamental trees, mopane, baobab and marula trees to replace trees cut during the construction works.

Pre- NTPD Tsholotsho NATIONAL food security and nutrition depends on the status of forests and the planting of trees wil...
21/11/2020
First Lady kick-starts National Tree Planting Day

Pre- NTPD Tsholotsho

NATIONAL food security and nutrition depends on the status of forests and the planting of trees will ensure Zimbabwe is a food secured and richly nourished nation likely to attain an upper middle-class economy by 2030.

https://www.chronicle.co.zw/first-lady-kick-starts-national-tree-planting-day/

On a speech read on her behalf by Matabeleland North Minister of Provincial Affairs and Devolution, The First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa said this during the pre-national tree planting day campaign for the 2020 tree planting season at Maphumulo Village, Tsholotsho yesterday.

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https://www.herald.co.zw/first-lady-encourages-tree-planting/FIRST Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa yesterday launched an early N...
20/11/2020
First Lady encourages tree-planting

https://www.herald.co.zw/first-lady-encourages-tree-planting/

FIRST Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa yesterday launched an early National Tree Planting campaign at Gangarabwe Primary School in Chirumanzu, Midlands, urging the nation to desist from engaging in activities that destroy or degrade forests.

FIRST Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa yesterday launched an early National Tree Planting campaign at Gangarabwe Primary School in Chirumanzu, Midlands, urging the nation to desist from engaging in activities that destroy or degrade forests.

With the rain season already upon us, tree planting has commenced in earnest. Today (18/11/20),  Midlands province hoste...
18/11/2020

With the rain season already upon us, tree planting has commenced in earnest. Today (18/11/20), Midlands province hosted the first pre-National Tree Planting Day event. Officiated by the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, this event was held at Gangarabwe Primary School in Chirumhanzu where 1600 trees were planted. The thrust for tree planting this season is boosting tobacco wood energy and fruit tree production.

These events will set the momentum for the entire tree planting season that has a target of 15 million trees to be planted.

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#TWEP_SustainableTobaccoGrowing
#treeplanting_everyone'sresponsibility

Tree Seed Physiology...............................................................The Forestry Commission tree seed uni...
18/11/2020

Tree Seed Physiology
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The Forestry Commission tree seed unit has the mandate of seed collection for indigenous and exotic tree species around the country. Currently, they collect over 80 indigenous species from various provenances (places of origin) throughout the country and there are also 10 commercial pine species.
Seed collection of pine species is a year-round operation at our research stations namely: John Meikles Research Station (Stapleford, Manicaland), Muguzo Research Station (Chimanimani, Manicaland), Chesa Forest Research Station (Bulawayo) and the Forest Research Centre in Harare. With combined seed collection effort from these stations, we have maintained a good tree seed supply for both the local and export markets. South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique and Brazil are our major customers.

Seed quality assessments for germination, viability, purity analysis and moisture content are carried out in our laboratories to ensure that the seed produced is of the highest quality.

(In pictures) Forest Research Centre staff processing Kigelia africana, sausage tree, mumvee/mubvee, umvebe seed.

Forestry Commission partners private players https://www.chronicle.co.zw/forestry-commission-partners-private-players/Fo...
17/11/2020
Forestry Commission partners private players

Forestry Commission partners private players https://www.chronicle.co.zw/forestry-commission-partners-private-players/

Forestry Commission has partnered with a number of private players operating in its concession areas around the country, in an effort to promote sustainable forest and wildlife conservation

“We are happy with the partnerships as they are helping us with forest, water and fire management. We can’t do this alone hence we need more partners to fight poaching of timber and wildlife and I assure you that Forestry Commission will not be the same after three years with these partnerships.

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Visiting the Forestry Commission Dete office ...............................................................This is the ...
16/11/2020

Visiting the Forestry Commission Dete office
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This is the headquarters for Sikumi Forest and station for guards patrolling Ngamo and Sikumi forests. These are also the forests that benefitted from the Hwange Sanyati Biolgical Corridor Project (HSBCP) where the forest ranger team received training on the use of the Spartial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART ) system. This system measures patrol/ ranger effort in anti-poaching activities. It also maps areas patrolled which helps in decision making for deployment of resources to hotspots.
Ngamo and Sikumi forests are the hosts of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) pilot project. REDD is an effort to create financial value for the carbon stored in the forests,offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested land and investing in low carbon paths to sustainable development. 11 carbon monitoring and observation plots have been set up in Ngamo and Sikumi Forests.

(in pictures)Tour of Dete-Hwange Forestry Commission-owned tourism facilities with the Minister of Environment, Climate,...
15/11/2020

(in pictures)Tour of Dete-Hwange Forestry Commission-owned tourism facilities with the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Hon M. N Ndlovu

Did you know that we have sandy beaches in Zimbabwe?Yes we do and you find these in Binga, Matabeleland North where a  B...
15/11/2020

Did you know that we have sandy beaches in Zimbabwe?

Yes we do and you find these in Binga, Matabeleland North where a Binga beauty exists in the form of Sijarira Photo Camp in Sijarira Forest Land.

While Forestry Commission is a parastatal with the main mandate of managing Zimbabwe's forest resources, it is also a st...
15/11/2020

While Forestry Commission is a parastatal with the main mandate of managing Zimbabwe's forest resources, it is also a strong tourism player. It goes without saying that well conserved forests create a good wildlife habitat therefore Forestry Commission also takes care of wildlife in the gazetted forests in Matabeleland North. Through the tourism outfit called Ngamo Safaris, Forestry Commission manages to create revenue for it's conservation programs mainly through non-consumptive tourism activities (photographic safaris).
During this past week, our Ganda Lodge, located in Sikumi Forest close to Hwange National Park, had the pleasure of hosting the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Hon. M. N Ndlovu as part of his tour of Victoria Falls, Hwange and Binga Forestry Commission activities.

Forestry Commission is on a tour of Matabeleland North with the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitalit...
12/11/2020

Forestry Commission is on a tour of Matabeleland North with the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Honourable N. M. Ndlovu and other dignitaries.

The tour which started in Victoria Falls will visit tourism facilities operating in gazetted forest areas,mainly found in Victoria Falls, Hwange and Binga.

Forest-based enterprises/business partnerships have and continue to contribute to the sustainable management of Zimbabwe's forest resources through enhancing the income generating capacity of the forestry authority.

While these are business partnerships, effort and attention is put into ensuring that they operate as 'green businesses,' aiding the Forestry Commission in fulfilling it's mandate. Anti-poaching, forest-fire prevention and suppression, game water supply are some of the activities that these business partners contribute to as they operate within forest areas.

Forestry Commission Zimbabwe's cover photo
03/11/2020

Forestry Commission Zimbabwe's cover photo

Forest Entomology and PathologyOne of the key units within the Forestry Commission is the entomology unit. Its main mand...
03/11/2020

Forest Entomology and Pathology

One of the key units within the Forestry Commission is the entomology unit. Its main mandate is the investigation of effective methods of controlling insect pest species and diseases for both indigenous and exotic tree species. Activities in this unit include;
*Herbarium curation (Preservation of pest specimens)
*Taxonomic (culturing and identification of insect pests and disease
*Biological and ecological studies of forest insect pests and diseases
*Countrywide surveillance of forest pests and diseases
*Publication of research findings in forest health.

You can access the services of this unit for forest/tree pest and disease identification and advice.

Forestry Commission Entomology Unit
No.1 Orange Grove Drive
Highlands
Harare

https://www.chronicle.co.zw/sifanjani-villagers-restore-environment/RE-AFFORESTATION ......................................
27/10/2020

https://www.chronicle.co.zw/sifanjani-villagers-restore-environment/

RE-AFFORESTATION
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The local community of Sifanjani Village, Ward 13 in Gwanda has embarked on a project to reverse environmental degradation in their area through tree planting and gully reclamation

“The Forestry Commission facilitated formation of natural resources management committees. We were trained on various conservation works, forestry conservation and also learnt the importance of trees on watershed management. We were educated on ecosystem services of trees, how they play a part in evapotranspiration, trap underground water and hold the soil together to protect against land degradation and control siltation of rivers.

The Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Honourable M.N. Ndlovhu, today launched the Sixt...
26/10/2020

The Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Honourable M.N. Ndlovhu, today launched the Sixth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
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Zimbabwe successfully prepared and submitted this report in September 2019 and the document was approved and endorsed by the CBD secretariat in February 2020.
The report holds a true record of Zimbabwe's progress, successes, shortcomings and lessons learnt during the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 under which parties were aiming to achieve the globally agreed 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
Zimbabwe adopted the targets and went on to develop a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) of 2014, which selected 18 of the 20 Aichi targets to guide Zimbabwe-specific action towards achieving biodiversity conservation goals.

One of the best kept treasures of Zimbabwe is the Big Tree of Chirinda Botanical Reserve in Mt Selinda.  Estimated to be...
22/10/2020

One of the best kept treasures of Zimbabwe is the Big Tree of Chirinda Botanical Reserve in Mt Selinda. Estimated to be over 1000 years old and with promise to keep on growing, it thrives among other forest giants in the rainforest. It is the largest Khaya anthotheca (red mahogany) tree in Southern Africa and the tallest indigenous tree in Zimbabwe.

Lovely place to catch a breath of fresh air and see many trees species well conserved when you visit Manicaland Province.

The great African Baobab is the Zimbabwe Tree of the Year 2020. Iconic in its size and shape, it is a vision to behold i...
22/10/2020

The great African Baobab is the Zimbabwe Tree of the Year 2020. Iconic in its size and shape, it is a vision to behold in its natural habitat. It has many uses within local communities, utilised in the making of a vast array of products.

The pictures below (taken along the Mutare-Masvingo highway), show a common sight as one travels along major highways. The sale of forest-based products is common but rarely do we think about the production processes of such products. It is heartening to see that most of the communities have a good understanding of the need to utilise their resources wisely.

While communities continue to derive benefits from their local resources, the buzz word should always be 'Sustainability'

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.

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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