Green Expo offers Multiple Waste Management recommendations

The Expo commended government’s and key stakeholders efforts in addressing the challenges in waste management with calls for citizens to come onboard financially.
By Tatenda Mujeyi.
The 10th annual Green Expo currently underway continually advances knowledge, and ideas that call for better environmental management standards.
The Expo which is taking place in Harare from 24th to the 28th of May and virtually is taking place in its standard Conference and virtual format under WHO COVID 19 regulations as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.
The Expo commended government’s and key stakeholders efforts in addressing the challenges in waste management with calls for citizens to come onboard financially.
“As government a lot is bieng done to address the challenges of Waste Management as we allign efforts to the Paris Agreement among other environmental related issues. Through the Low emission Development Strategy and the National Determined Strategy we should design and devise mechanisms that alleviate the effects of waste management.” Lawrence Mashungu a Climate Change expert with the Ministry of Environment ,Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry said.
On the other hand, “The need to complement efforts by the local authorities should not be undermined. For service delivery to be fully realised there is need for timeous payment of bills as councils cannot deliver service without the necessary financing.” Lovemore Nyatsine the CEO for Clean City Africa said.Calls were made for a clear segmentation of responsibility amongst key Government stakeholders in mitigating waste challenges without replication of roles.
“Let’s take for example ZINWA and EMA, they both serve the same function yet they are at times not in agreement on issues relating to the environment.” Lauretta Marembo the Executive Director for Young Volunteers for the Environment.

Lauretta Marembo the Executive Director for Young Volunteers for the Environment.
The Expo called for collaborative efforts in addressing the challenges in waste management holistically through community and family engagement.
“In waste management for our efforts to be fruitful we need to engage communities and start at the household level. If we have community ownership, the effect of community ownership will advance community participation.” Zimbabwe Sunshine Group Project Manager Claris Mandoreba said.
Africa Green Waste and Energy Expo and Conference Director, Claris Mandoreba.
Furthermore, “Partnerships between Government and the private sector are important towards the full exploration of the real mechanism’s that will potentially address the challenges of waste management.” Ronny Mbaisa the Zimbabwe Sunshine Group CEO said.
The ceremony saw participants convening physically and online through a zoom meeting which is attracting participants from many countries including South Africa, Kingdom of Eswathini, Malawi, Lesotho, USA among other environmental enthusiasts.
Legislative allignment and implementation recommendations were also called for in a bid to alleviate the challenges in waste management
The Expo is happening under partnership with HiVOS, young volunteers of the Environment, Clean City, Africa, Ministry of Agriculture among other partners.

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