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Protection and Preservation of Wetlands
Description/achievement of initiative

The project aims to enhance preservation and restoration of wetlands, improve raw water quality, ensure effective river recharge and integrated water resource management as well as improve respect, protection and fulfillment of the human rights to water and sanitation. The project enhances awareness and education on wetlands; monitor and observe condition of wetlands in Zimbabwe; provide research on wetlands issues systems processes in-order to inform or inspire development in Zimbabwe; gather and disseminate information to interested stakeholders; and sharpen Civil Society Organizations’ (CSOs) role in wetlands preservation.

Implementation methodologies

The first strategic intervention is to provide civic education so that citizens make choices from an informed basis. The next is to provide platforms for constructive engagement of empowered citizens with policy makers on preservation and restoration of wetlands. The media will also be engaged to cover correctly issues of wetlands preservation.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The Task-force and project staff will undergo training on issues of wetlands management.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The project will have a Wetlands Task-force comprising of Community Water Alliance, Birdlife Zimbabwe, Conservation Society for Monavale, academia from the University of Zimbabwe, a representative from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate. Community Water Alliance drives civic participation and advocacy, Birdlife Zimbabwe and Conservation Society for Monavale provides the technical expertise, the academia from the University of Zimbabwe will carry out research that informs advocacy initiatives, the Ministry facilitates formulation of policy and implementation


Community Water Alliance, Conservation Society for Monavale, Birdlife Zimbabwe, Combined Harare Residents Association
Progress reports
Goal 6
6.1 - By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
6.3 - By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
6.4 - By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
6.5 - By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
6.6 - By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
6.b - Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Goal 13
13.1 - Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
13.2 - Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
13.b - Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities

* Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international,
intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.
August 2017
5 restored and preserved wetlands in Harare.
Staff / Technical expertise
Academia from the University of Zimbabwe has shown commitment to the project

Basic information
Time-frame: 08/2016 - 08/2017
Community Water Alliance, Conservation Society for Monavale, Birdlife Zimbabwe, Combined Harare Residents Association
Contact information
Hardlife Mudzingwa, Programmes Manager, goodlifemudzingwa@gmail.com
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