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Association of Zimbabwean@
‚s‚’aditional Environmental Conservationists
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is by the people for the people and with the people. The organization is therefore cognizant of the peoplefs methods of doing things, where the fundamental aspect of the work is its being participatory and people directed.

Since its formation the organization has been implementing community based natural resources management projects using local knowledge, culture and cosmovision. The organization has therefore been accredited to fully implement the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This is in line with, Article 17.1c which talks about supporting research activities that, protect, integrate, enhance and validate traditional and local knowledge, know how and practices, ensuring, subject to their respective national legislation and/or policies that the owners of the knowledge will directly benefit on an equitable bases and on mutually agreed terms from any commercial utilization of it or from any technological development derived from that knowledge AND Article 18.2 which states that ,The parties shall according to their respective capabilities, and subject to their respective national legislation and/or policies, protect, promote and use in particular relevant traditional and local technology, knowledge , know how and practices and to that end they undertake to,

a) make inventories of such knowledge, know how and practices and their potential uses with the participation of local populations, and disseminate such information, where appropriate incorporation with relevant inter governmental and non governmental organizations;

b) ensure that such technology, knowledge, know how and practices are adequately protected and that local populations benefit directly, on an equitable basis and as mutually agreed from any commercial utilization of them or from any technological development derived therefrom;

c) encourage and actively support the improvement and dissemination of such technology, know how and practices or of the development of new technology based on them; and

d) facilitate, as appropriate the adaptation of such technology, knowledge, know how and practices to wide use and integrate them with modern technology as appropriate.

AZTREC saw this as an opportunity to stimulate the debate and catalyse action on indigenous social, cultural and technical knowledge in order to sustainably manage the limited resources within the marginalised indigenous people of Zimbabwe.



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