07 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.

Communique of the 11th Alternative Mining Indaba 

11th Alternative Mining Indaba

3-5 February 2020, Cape Town, South Africa


1.1.   We, the over 400 delegates at the 11th Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI) drawn from 33 countries and comprising representatives of civil society organisations, community members, faith-based organizations (FBOs), traditional leaders; local government leaders, trade unions, media, academia, researchers, including representatives from industry gathered in Woodstock, Cape Town from the 3rd to the 5th of February, 2020;

1.2.   Converged under the umbrella of Alternative Mining Indaba under the theme: Environmentally and economically sustainable mineral economies in an era of climate change catastrophe. Our deliberations focused on the environmental damage and climate change induced impacts by extractive operations;

1.3.   We meet at a time of deep-climate change threats not only in Africa but throughout the world characterised by droughts, flooding, energy and health crises, among others,  that could have been prevented. Whilst corporations, particularly mining companies and those in the extractives and elites in general continue business as usual, the poor communities are left to carry the burden;

1.4.   Noting this and committing to implement the previous AMI Resolutions and Recommendations on, among others, fiscal regime and revenue management, environment, artisanal & small-scale mining & social protection, linkages, investments and diversification, legal and institutional management. Click here for more information.

In case you missed it, ZELA's Senior Programs Officer Nyaradzo Mutonhori has been appointed Chair of the Alternative Mining Indaba.
In her inaugural speech, she urged communities to continue strengthening their advocacy work as they continue to seek solutions to  address their concerns in the extractive sector.Listen to her inaugural  speech here 

 Mining industry engages the Alternative Mining Indaba 

The Investing in African Mining Indaba has managed to engage with the Alternative Mining Indaba  and to celebrate collective efforts to help support the growth of a more inclusive mining industry for all stakeholders. ......Click here for more information.

 Women miners more vulnerable to machete attacks 

The country has experienced increasing cases of violence in the small scale mining sector by the machete gangs, who have been on a rampage attacking anyone they suspect of possessing gold or cash.

As a result of the increasing cases of violence, mines that belong to women and historically known to be doing well in gold production, have been easy targets, prompting them to halt production fearing for their lives.Click here for more information.

Zim,Sweden sign audit MOU
Sweden will continue providing technical assistance to Zimbabwe in line with the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Auditor-General’s (AG) Office and the Swedish National Audit Office (SNAO)  Click here for more information.


1. These images are stories, 2020 AMI in pictures


Upcoming Events

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