About Us

ZERO Regional Environment Organisation is a regional non-governmental organisation based in Harare, Zimbabwe. Founded in 1987, the organisation works with rural and urban communities to foster a balanced and healthy environment in a rapidly changing climate. ZERO has been actively involved in climate change issues since 2003. Since then, the institution has devoted considerable time and energy on building an understanding and consensus among the development and environment non-governmental organisations on best practices of tackling climate change at both the macro and micro levels. The institution also ensures that the links between climate change and poverty are fully understood and fed into the policy-making processes of national governments in the southern Africa region.

As part of this process of work, ZERO has developed various tools and resources to support this work. Among them are:

1.Adaptation practices – what can be done to adapt to climate change on the ground?

2.Integration of climate change risks and adaptation into development policy, planning and operations – how can policies and plans support adaptation over time?

3.Capacity building – how can people be better assisted in becoming equipped for adapting to climate change.

4.Enhancing climate change mitigation through efficient use of water, sanitation and environmental protection

5.Climate proofing urban water and sanitation service provision

Vision

A global paradigm shift, changing minds, promoting prosperity for all.

Mission

To work with rural and urban communities fostering balanced, healthy growth and self-reliance within a changing climate.

Zero’s dynamic vision and mission are reflective of an agency, functioning regionally, thinking globally. In practice, we focus on accountability to our stakeholders in everything we do.

How does ZERO execute its work

•Facilitating the identification of people’s needs and priorities;

•Facilitating development and exchange of ideas and solutions to identified problems;

•Providing linkages between these ideas and policy/decision making processes; and

•Facilitating changes in policies.

The specific techniques and strategies that ZERO uses are:

•Applied Research

•Advocacy

•Capacity building

•Collaboration and Partnerships

•Information Documentation and Dissemination

 Information for Development

The overall objective of the programme is to empower stakeholders, particularly rural communities, to enable them to make more informed choices for a better livelihood through targeted information exchange. This is being achieved through:

  • Documentation and the exchange of experiences from ZERO’s project beneficiaries as widely as possible supported by a range of different information and communication technologies.
  • Case studies, newsletters, annual reports and the internet have been used as tools through which experiences and best practices are shared. Exchange visits and exhibitions have also been channels through which experiences are shared and lessons drawn.
  •  Promotion of the use of ICTs (Information Communication Technologies) as tools for information exchange
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT) is an increasingly powerful tool for enhancing local development opportunities. A wide range of ICTs, which include the Internet, have been widely used by ZERO as vehicles for information dissemination.
  • Documentation of ITK (Indigenous Technical Knowledge) and promotion of access to information that is relevant to their livelihood situations
  •  Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) refers to the unique, traditional local knowledge existing within and developed around specific conditions of women and men indigenous to a particular geographic area.  ZERO recognizes the importance of indigenous knowledge systems and technologies.
  • Strategic partnerships to increase its sphere of influence and create greater impact
  • The maintenance of strategic relationships has been the unifying thread supporting all networking activities at ZERO. Networking has facilitated the sharing of experiences with our partners and the drawing of lessons from these experiences. 

Collaborative Working Relationships

IUCN Membership

The World Conservation Union is the world’s largest and most important conservation network as it brings together states, government agencies, non - governmental organisations, scientists and experts from various countries in a unique worldwide partnership.  ZERO is a member of IUCN. Our active participation in this conservation body places ZERO on the world map.

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

UNCCD’s overall objective is to facilitate the development and strengthening of the capacity of Civil Society (NGOs and community groups) enabling effective planning and incorporation of UNCCD objectives into national and local level strategies. The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Water and Climate coordinates the implementation of the National Action Programme to ensure that all parties participate. A national taskforce on Desertification with a membership drawn from government agencies, NGOs, Association of Rural District Councils, donors and the private sector plays a key role in the implementation of the National Action Programme process. ZERO has been participating in the environmental commemorations nationally and internationally. Among these are the World Desertification Day, Zimbabwe Clean up Campaign, World Wetlands Day and World Environmental Day. 

Forestry Policy Forum

ZERO was an active participant in the Forestry Policy Forum of Zimbabwe, which is a multi-stakeholder group, intended to influence development of Forestry policy within Zimbabwe. Experiences from ZERO shared in the forum have influenced the work and approaches of other partners and have been acknowledged by Collaboration with the Centre of International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Institute of Environment Studies, University of Zimbabwe.

Environmental Liaison Forum (ELF)

Formed in 1996, ELF aims to create a forum for generating consensus amongst environmental NGOs, and to influence national policy. ZERO has served as a member of ELF.