Date: May 25, 2015
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Ecosystem restoration
Upon the realisation that climate change is not a myth but a reality, Murewa Rural District Council embarked on a strategy to, albeit with constrained resources,explore mechanisms of mitigating the effects of climate change at the local level through ecosystem restoration projects. Women and children were regarded as the most vulnerable members of society to climate shocks yet their copying mechanisms and recovery from such shocks as droughts and floods was perceived to be inadequate. Council then envisaged that any mitigation and adaptation effort had to streamline gender with special focus to the female members of society. Community involvement and inclusivity in development planning was the pillar to the successful implementation of the ecosystem restoration projects. The think global and act local paradigm was the guiding principle considering that Zimbabwe is a signatory to conventions and protocols including the SADC Protocol on gender and development, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and The Kyoto Protocol. Focus was mainly on the restoration and enhancement of terrestrial ecosystems which form the basic ecological component which sustains most livelihoods in Murewa, a predominantly agrarian economy.

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