Parliament to craft law to protect environment conservation projects
By VENERANDA LANGA
PARLIAMENT has been called upon to craft legislation on carbon trading as a climate change mitigation measure and to protect environmental conservation projects like Redd+ from corruption.
The calls were made during a Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) consultative workshop on the implementation of the corruption risk assessment in the Redd+ sector, which they said was prone to corruption to the detriment of communities who were affected by deforestation and carbon emissions from cutting down of trees.
Redd+ is an international project that seeks to reward communities for conserving their forests.
University of Zimbabwe researcher in the Centre for Applied Social Sciences Steve Mutema said there was need for accountability in the control of natural resources.
“The law will ensure there is monitoring and transparency in the control of our natural resources and we need it yesterday because the benefits are that we will have accountability,” Mutema said.