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ZCDC’s publication of its annual reports commendable

Compiled by Fadzai Lydia Midzi and Tafara Chiremba It is commendable to note that the State Owned Enterprise (SOE), Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) has published its annual reports online for the years; 2016, 2017 and 2018[1]. Such a transparency step should also be adopted by other mining companies operating …

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Unpacking the Forest Amendment Bill

Compiled by Mutuso Dhliwayo-Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association Background and Introduction The forestry sector is a very important in Zimbabwe’s economy. Among the services it provides are timber, fuelwood, wood for charcoal-making and crafts, fodder, fruit, honey, medicinal plants, mushrooms, insects, bark, leaves and poles. Forest land also provides valuable protection …

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Mercury Ban! A Bold Move Towards Environmental Sustainability

By Paul Matshona-Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association What is the MINAMATA Convention? The Minamata Convention is a legally binding instrument pushing towards mercury reduction and elimination[1]. Currently, the Convention has 128 signatures and 123 ratifications (including 50 African countries).[2] Zimbabwe signed the Convention on 11 October 2013 to curb mercury use. …

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The Kimberley Process Dance with Zimbabwe

Strengths and Weaknesses of the KPCS in Zimbabwe Compiled by Shamiso Mtisi-Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (KPCSC Coordinator) The story continues As noted elsewhere in this Chapter, the KPCS had a number of positive aspects it brought to Zimbabwe in its handling of the Marange issue.  The decision by the KPCS to …

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The Kimberley Process Dance with Zimbabwe

The Key Players in the Marange and KPCS debate Compiled by Shamiso Mtisi-Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (KPCSC Coordinator) The story continues The Marange diamonds circus attracted a lot of different characters and players. These ranged from the KPCS itself, government, civil society, state owned and private mining companies. The glitter and …

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