28 February 2020

The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) is a premier public interest environmental law organisation which seeks to promote environmental justice, sustainable and equitable use of natural resources, democracy and good governance in the natural resources and environment sector. ZELA’s work is mainly anchored on a core group of rights which are reflective of natural resources governance namely; Environmental, Economic, Social and Cultural (EESC) rights. As such a large component of the organisation's work involves influencing implementation and reforms within legal and institutional frameworks governing the environment and natural resources sector through research, civic education and advocacy.

As an organisation we believe that having adequate laws in place and monitoring implementation are the first steps towards good governance of natural resources and the environment. For the past 20 years, we have managed to make notable contributions to the legal, policy and institutional frameworks governing the environment and natural resources sector for broad based sustainable environmental and socio-economic development through our work in Zimbabwe and beyond.

Through this newsletter, we get to share with you relevant updates as we drive our mission of promoting environmental justice through sustainable and equitable utilization of natural resources and environmental protection.

Regional Approaches can be a game changer for the KP 

The Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC) whose work is mainly anchored on defending the rights of communities affected by diamond mining says in 2020-2021 the Coalition will focus on three main themes namely; Redistribution of benefits to local communities, Reducing violence in diamond mining communities and Land rights.

For the coming years, the Kimberley Process will also make concerted efforts to increase its work at national and regional level, a move they argue will see change effected and impact felt by communities. The value of regional approaches cannot be overemphasised since some of the issues are interlinked. It is against this background, that the KP will secure other partnerships that can ensure that work at national and regional level is accomplished.

KPCSC Coordinator and ZELA’s Deputy Director, Shamiso Mtisi was quoted saying while presenting the KP CSC Opening Statement delivered at the Mano River Union Regional Meeting, an event held in Sierra Leone on the 25th of February 2020. ........Click here for more information.

New Act curtails shelf company manipulation 

Some criminals that for long, have been manipulating the laxity around the registration of shelf companies, will have their shenanigans curtailed by new provisions of the recently promulgated Companies and other Business Entities Act (Chapter 24:31)……...Click here for more information.

Borrowers and  Lenders Must Come Clean on High-Value Resource Backed Loans 

Resource-backed loans have contributed to crippling debt levels in developing countries and are shrouded in secrecy, according to a new report. These loans to governments, collateralized with oil or minerals, have been hidden from scrutiny for far too long and that must change ......Click here for more information.

Hurdles in implementing the cadastre system frustrating miners  

MINERS are not enthused with delays in implementation of the automation of the Mining Cadastre Information System, over one year after Finance and Economic Development minister Mthuli Ncube allocated US$1.7 million towards operationalization of the project. ……Click here for more information.

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“Machete wielding gangs”, just the mention of this name gives some of us chills down the spine. Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) remain at risk under the continued threats of these gangs, with many having been forced to down their tools. As ZELA, we continue lobbying for safe spaces to be established while ensuring that we amplify voices of women in the ASM sector.

The whole of next week will see us going around the country as we document stories of women in ASM. We will also take time to explore the aspect of their disempowerment. Overally, what we want to see is the status of women improved for the better.

Upcoming Events 

1.Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on the Environment, Child Rights and Extractives-2 March 2020

Conversations that matter
Making information about beneficial owners of extractive companies publicly available would increase transparency in the sector. It could also help address corrupt practices and tax evasion. Great to see such an important topic discussed in #Zimbabwe this week!
Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA)
 · Feb 26
Minerals are valuable resources in monetary terms however without beneficiary ownership disclosure this becomes a fate.A country such as #Zimbabwe trying to fight corruption & restore public trust needs more standards than these more now than ever.


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