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Biodiversity conservation through protection and sustainable use of wetlands in Gulathi and Ntunjambili villages under Ward 15 of Matobo District (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe

Titre : Biodiversity conservation through protection and sustainable use of wetlands in Gulathi and Ntunjambili villages under Ward 15 of Matobo District (Zimbabwe)

Pays : Zimbabwe

Numéro projet : ZIM/SGP/OP5/Y4/STAR/BD/15/21

Domaine : Biodiversity

Durée : 8/2015 — 9/2017

Bénéficiaire : Zimbabwe Humanitarian and Livelihoods Development Trust

Présentation
The action seeks to promote conservation of bio diversity through protection and sustainable use of wetlands for improvement of livelihoods in Ward 15 of Matobo district in Matabeleland South province. The key environmental problems to be addressed by the project include the current wetlands depletion as a result of unsustainable utilization and land degradation in the area. All members of the community lead a natural resource based livelihoods ; therefore there is a sharp decline and degradation of wetlands due to the heavy reliance on them by communities for gardening and watering livestock during the dry season when water becomes scarce. The invasion of the catchment areas by the invader lantana camara and lopholoena spciformis has pushed livestock cattle and donkies to graze on the wetlands
There are two wetlands that have degraded over the years after last users moved to the new resettlement areas, in the two villages of ward 15 especially in drier ecological Regions IV and V of Matabeleland South.The Ntujambili wetland in Ntunjambili village has dried up and covers about 2km in extent with a catchment area of about 25ha. It has a history of having been the largest wetland in the district which at one time claimed the life a two fully grown oxen which were swallowed 100% and never retrieved.

Objectives
The overall objective of the action is : Improved bio diversity through conservation and sustainable use of wetlands, for livelihood enhancement.
The Specific Objectives include the following
* Objective 1 : To sensitize and mobilize community awareness on conserving biodiversity -This will be done through environmental education and community based training activities on importance of wetlands targeting ward 15 men, women, youths and other vulnerable communities. The other level is sensitization and awareness workshops for leadership at provincial, district, ward and concerned villages levels.
* Objective 2 : To advocate and lobby for local level Policy & Legal Framework Reform – This involves support the development and implementation of policies and legal frameworks through the review of existing bye- laws.
* Objective 3 : To rehabilitate, protect degraded wetlands and improve biodiversity – This will be done through fencing of the wetlands and introduction of Holistic Land and Livestock Management (HLLM) model, through eradication of invader species.
* Objective 4 : To improve livelihoods and food security through sustainable use of wetlands Increasing and diversify sources of livelihood incomes of rural populations through sustainable wetlands management of non-timber forest products (NTFP).
* Objective 5 : To protect biodiversity species That include water plants, grasses species, amphibians, bird species, fish species, small mammals and trees species that were on the verge of extinction in the wetland

Financement
Grant Amount (GEF Small Grants Programme) : US$ 50,000.00
Co-Finanshing in-Kind : US$ 52,580.00

GEF Small Grants Programme

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