Environmental Management Trust Profile | Kubatana

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Preamble

Environmental Management Trust (EMT) is an independent, not-for-profit organization registered on February 4, 2010 in Zimbabwe. It was created after realizing that environmental challenges threatening the livelihoods of communities were increasing in magnitude and frequency. EMT focuses on environmental issues such as food security, land degradation, natural disasters and natural resource conservation. EMT is affiliated with the National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (NANGO), the Zimbabwe Climate Change Working Group (ZCCWG) and the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster of Masvingo Province. EMT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bikita Rural District Council in July 2010 to enable it to start operations in the district from 1 August 2010. EMT can operate anywhere in Zimbabwe, but due to resource scarcity, it is only operating in Ward 15 of Bikita District.

Vision

To be the most recognized non-governmental organization promoting environmental stewardship.

Mission

Our passion is to empower community members and improve their livelihoods through sound management of environmental resources for the total benefit of all stakeholders.

Values

  • Professionalism
  • Responsibility
  • Transparency
  • Integrity
  • Team work

Currency

Sound management of natural resources to improve life.

Goal

Promote sustainable integrated environmental management.

Goals

  • Encourage the rational exploitation and use of natural resources.
  • Raising community awareness of environmental challenges.
  • Strengthen the capacities of communities to cope with, adapt to and mitigate the effects of environmental challenges.
  • Support innovative environmental management strategies.
  • Rehabilitate degraded landscapes, recover gullies and conserve wetlands.

Thematic areas

  • Natural resource management.
  • Adaptation and mitigation of climate change.
  • Food safety.
  • Disaster risk reduction.
  • Climate-smart agriculture.

Strategies

  1. Raising awareness of environmental degradation through workshops, seminars, field trips, electronic and print media.
  2. Capacity building of community members to deal with the negative impacts of climate change.
  3. Support communities to manage the environment sustainably.
  4. Have the necessary resources to support women’s empowerment activities in environmental management.
  5. Facilitate community access to environmental benefits to improve livelihoods.
  6. Reduce poverty and food insecurity through appropriate methods of arable land use.
  7. Community awareness and resilient construction in the face of environmental disasters.
  8. Community environmental management practices.

Source: Environmental Management Trust

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