What is your name, where are you from and what do you do?
My Name is Banarbas Mawire, I come from Zimbabwe where I work as a Country Director for an Organisation called Environment Africa.
What makes you proud to be Zimbabwean?
As Zimbabweans we are very hospitable, sociable and tolerant people.
Which places in Zim do you recommend that tourists must visit?
Great Zimbabwe, Mana pools, Kariba, Victoria Falls, Gonarezhou, Matopo national park, Hwange National park, Chinhoyi caves just to mention a few.
What is Zimbabwe’s best-kept secret?
Our best kept secret in Zimbabwe is our natural heritage and culture.
What is the most popular music in your country?
Our traditional music of mbira, marimba, traditional drum beating and sungura music stand out in rural areas. In urban areas urban grooves and Zim-dancehall are very popular these days especially among the youth.
Who are the 4 most popular Zimbabweans and what do they do?
Prophet Magaya, Prophet Makandiwa, Oliver Mutukudzi (musician), Engineer Walter Muzembi (Minister of Tourism).
If you are to you have a visitor from another country what meal would you prepare for them?
Sadza reZviyo nechimukuyu chinedovi (peanut butter)
Cecil? What does that name mean to you?
I think you are referring to the late Cecil the lion. About 50,000 visitors – half of them international tourtists – visit the park every year and Cecil was very popular with tourists because of his relaxed nature around people and he was renowned for his distinctive black mane. Cecil was wearing a tracking GPS collar as part of an Oxford University research project (WildCRU) and has been tracked by the team since 2008. He was estimated to be 13 years old when he died. He was one of a coalition of two males that were called the “Magisihole” males. Jericho is the other male and they are not blood related as has been reported. They held an area between Kennedy and Ngweshla Pan’s in Hwange National Park. The repercussions of this trophy hunt and the death of Cecil is that Jericho’s ability to keep his territory is in jeopardy. Cubs from a displaced male (in this case Cecil) are often killed by the successor male.
What are the environmental issues close to your heart?
Rising poverty, negative effect of climate change and continued environmental degradation resulting in untold suffering among vulnerable members of our society.
What environmental issues is Zimbabwe facing and what is your organisation doing about it?
Poor waste management especially in urban areas and food insecurity emanating from negative effects of climate change. Environment Africa is currently working in more than 22 districts in Zimbabwe promoting , agroforestry, conservation farming, woodland management through promotion of bee keeping, use of renewable energy technologies based on biogas and solar. In urban areas, Environment Africa is promoting waste management enterprises through separation of waste at source and recycling initiatives. We are also conducting climate change education and awareness programs among the media, local authorities and corporates.
What is the biggest forest mountain in Zim?
The eastern High lands stretching from Nyanga through Vumba to Chimanimani form a unique afro-montane Forest rich in flora and fauna.
What is the situation with forests in Zimbabwe?
Veld fires and loss of forests and woodlands are an issue of concern. Zimbabwe is currently grappling with high rates of deforestation loosing 330 000 hectares of forests per year.
What can other countries learn from Zimbabwe?
Currently there are initiatives coming from Private, Public and community partnerships (PPCPs) trying to address environmental issues in a holistic manner.
What are 4 environmental issues in the world that you would want to be addressed as a matter of urgency?
- Climate change
- Rising poverty
- Loss of biodiversity and environmental services.
- The poor man’s Energy crisis