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Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute NBI-Zimbabwe

Type of Organization: Non-governmental organization
Areas of work: Agroecology
Region: Africa
Country: Zimbabwe
The Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute (NBI) is located 54 km north of Masvingo City, in Chatsworth Area, in Masvingo Province of Zimbabwe. Its project goal is to empower communities living in arid and semi-arid ecosystems, improving their and future generations’ livelihoods by restoring their land and natural water sources, using livestock as a management tool; implement holistic land and livestock management (HLLM) using planned grazing for sustainable management of their resource base. NBI's vision is to work and learn together with smallholders' rural communities in arid and semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe, SADC Region, Africa, and at international level, managing human lives and resources holistically in order to improve the quality of life for current and future generations. Its actions are mission-driven to alleviate poverty, promote social justice and build a future where communities achieve sustainable and shared prosperity. The organization works for the commitment to sustainable manage the semi-arid rangelands creating wealthy communities who are cohesive, self-reliant, self-regulating, motivated, action-oriented and have sustainable livelihoods. Except climate change, the organization considers as the biggest threat to human environment the predominance of bare-ground, resulting from unsustainable land use practices caused by misunderstanding of arid and semi-arid environment management requirements. The NBI prepares leaders with ethical values to contribute to sustainable development and to construct a prosperous and just society. NBI’s guiding principles are: to bring back nature principle by enhancing the health of the ecosystems and respect of nature as a basis for sustainable livelihoods; always promote effective teamwork with committees and other stakeholders; be accountable & transparent, innovative and creative; plan, monitor, control, re-plan, by continually checking progress and learning from experiences; and use reliable research and documentation, ensuring a variety of evidence to illustrate the impact of organization’s work.