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The Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute Zimbabwe (NBI – Zimbabwe):
Profile Approach and Background
The Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute (NBI)
established on 11th November 2004 was
registered in Zimbabwe as a Trust: Registration
No MA 1434/2004 which has been amended
on 24 April 2015 by MA 531/2015, as a
non-profit organization with a mandate to
facilitate Sustainable Time Controlled Grazing
in Arid and Semi-arid Rangeland Ecosystems,
works and learns together with Smallholder
Rural Communities, in Zimbabwe, SADC Region, Africa, and internationally to manage mankind’s livelihoods and resources holistically so that it can improve our lives both now and for our future generations. It was also registered as the Njeremoto Biodiversity Fund, a not–for-profit 501 (©) organization registered in June 2009 (in Washington DC, USA with DLN: 17053170025049 and Public Charity Status: 170(b) (1) (A) as fund raiser for the Institute.
It is located 54 km north of Masvingo City along the Beitbridge-Masvingo-Harare Highway, in Chatsworth Area, in Masvingo Province of Zimbabwe (GPS coordinates S19o35.80’, E 30o46.21’,). Founder Osmond is committed to Sustainable Management of Semi-arid Rangelands as well as Creating Wealthy Communities with Sustainable Livelihoods. Osmond views that the biggest threat to mankind is the predominance of Bare-ground.
Njeremoto Biodiversity (NBI - Zimbabwe) Partner of 10 YFP
The Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute is also a Partner Organization of the Sustainable Food Systems Program (SFSP) of the 10 YFP Program. Its activities primarily contribute to Goal Number 15 (LIFE ON LAND: PROTECT, RESTORE AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE USE OF TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS, SUSTAINABLY MANAGE FORESTS, COMBAT DESERTIFICATION, AND HALT AND REVERSE LAND DEGRADATION AND HALT BIODIVERSITY LOSS SINCE HUMANS AND OTHER ANIMALS RELY ON OTHER FORMS OF LIFE ON LAND FOR FOOD) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Aside from Goal 15, NBI also addresses the following sustainable goals:
Goal 1: NO POVERTY: END POVERTY IN ALL ITS FORMS EVERYWHERE
Goal 2: ZERO HUNGER: END HUNGER, ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY AND IMPROVED NUTRITION AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Goal 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH: PROMOTE SUSTAINED, INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH, FULL AND PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYMENT AND DECENT WORK FOR ALL
Goal 13: CLIMATE ACTION: TAKE URGENT ACTION TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACTS
Goal 5: GENDER EQUALITY: ACHIEVE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER ALL WOMEN AND GIRLS
Goal 4: QUALITY EDUCTION: ENSURE INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE QUALITY EDUCATION AND PROMOTE LIFELONG LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
Founders Welcome Remarks
“Growing up in traditional Shona woodlands, biodiversity was the norm. I am saddened seeing the demise of the ecosystem in arid and semi-arid ecosystems due to land degradation. Project Sustainable Rangelands Management will see the blooming of savannah grasslands in Zimbabwe and in all arid to semi-arid rangelands of the world.” Osmond Mugweni
The Institute’s Vision is to work and learn together with Smallholder Rural Communities, in arid and semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe, SADC Region, Africa, and internationally managing human lives and resources holistically so as to improve the quality of life for current and future generations.
While the Mission when created in 2004 is that it is committed to sustainable management of semi-arid rangelands creating wealthy communities with sustainable livelihoods. (The biggest threat to human environment is not climate change, but the predominance of bare-ground as a result of unsustainable land use practices caused by misunderstanding of arid and semi-arid environment management requirements.)
The Institute’s Core Values are:
Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute: Principles that guide activities
The NBI – Zimbabwe Principles that guide focused and activities are:
Bring back nature principle: Enhancing the health of the ecosystems and respect of nature as a basis for sustainable livelihoods.
Always promoting and improving effective teamwork in our work with committees, other stakeholder and amongst ourselves. Team work ensures that everyone is involved, everyone is aware of what is happening, all have same vision ie driving to the same destination, all have share the same values as well as respect each other’s views and always enhances participatory methodologies and approaches.
Accountable &Transparent Principle/Seeing and conveying things as they really are without fear of failure
Innovative and Creative Principle: Keep looking for and trying out new ways of doing things.
Plan/Monitor/Control/Re-plan Principle: Continually checking progress and learning from our experiences
Research and Documentation Principle: Ensure a variety of evidence to illustrate the impact of our work
Teach a man to fish award
The Pan African Award for Entrepreneurship in Education 2014 Zimbabwe Country prize goes to NJeremoto Biodiversity Institute