Revitalizing Nature in Zimbabwe: Phakamani's Journey and Insights

Embark on a fascinating journey through a WildHub conversation with Phakamani from Zimbabwe. Join us in enjoying this insightful discussion led by Ussi Abuu, a Key Conservation Catalyst at WildHub.
Revitalizing Nature in Zimbabwe: Phakamani's Journey and Insights

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"Zimbabwe's Ecological Rebirth: Exploring Ecosystem Restoration for a Thriving Future" Photo by Unsplash (Denice Alex) 

Embark on an inspiring conversation with Phakamani, a dedicated conservationist from Zimbabwe. Learn about their efforts in restoring ecosystems, engaging local communities, and the valuable lessons they've gathered along the way. Discover the passion behind fostering a greener, sustainable future in Zimbabwe. Let's begin!"

Ussi: Can you share some background on your work in ecosystem restoration in Zimbabwe? 

Phakamani: "In various regions of Zimbabwe, particularly in peripheral and marginalised lands, our ecosystem restoration projects employ diverse methodologies such as nature-based solutions, integrated watershed management, and benefit-sharing initiatives."

Ussi: In your opinion, what role does community involvement play in successful ecosystem restoration projects, and how do you engage local communities in your work?

Phakamani: "Community engagement is pivotal in resource management. From project inception we prioritise stakeholders, recognising communities as the custodians of resources. Empowering them with local government support, our engagement involves meetings, field visits, look-and-learn sessions, and workshops."

"Empowering Communities, Nurturing Resources: From Inception to Action, Together for Sustainable Management."
Photo by Unsplash (Giuliana Catachura) 

Ussi: How did you come across WildHub, and why did you join?


I discovered WildHub on LinkedIn. The wildlife conservation project planning course offered by WildTeam (the charity that started WildHub) seemed particularly relevant to our work. Joining was a natural step to enhance our project planning skills.

Ussi: Based on your career development to date, what would be your top 5 lessons learned you would like to share with our WildHub members today? 


  1. Stakeholder-Centric Projects: Prioritise stakeholders in project planning.
  2. Equal Emphasis on Safeguarding: Safeguarding is as crucial as the project itself.
  3. Passion in Conservation: Sustain passion for enduring fieldwork.
  4. Cultural Appreciation: Learn languages and appreciate cultures for effective community relations.
  5. Continuous Learning: Seek solutions, networks, and opportunities consistently.
Project Prosperity Path: Prioritise Stakeholders, Safeguard Vigilantly, Sustain Passion, Appreciate Culture, Embrace Continuous Learning"
Photo by Unsplash (Edoardo Bortoli) 

Concluding our insightful discussion with Phakamani, the dedication to ecosystem restoration in Zimbabwe shines brightly. Phakamani's emphasis on community engagement and stakeholder involvement illustrates the pivotal role local communities play in nurturing and preserving the environment.

Through Phakamani's journey, we're reminded of the profound impact of passion, cultural appreciation, and continuous learning in the realm of conservation. Their top lessons serve as guiding principles, urging us all to center projects on stakeholders, uphold safeguarding measures, nurture unyielding passion, embrace cultural diversity, and consistently seek innovative solutions.

This conversation highlights not just the importance of ecosystem restoration but also the significance of collaboration, learning, and empowerment in driving sustainable change. As we partake in this journey of conservation, let's draw inspiration from Phakamani's dedication and wisdom, working together towards a brighter, greener future for Zimbabwe and beyond.

"Restoring Zimbabwe, Embracing Diversity: Nature-Based Solutions, Watershed Wisdom, and Shared Benefits for a Sustainable Tomorrow."
Photo by Unsplash (Basil Nyagumbo) 

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Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
6 months ago

Thank you for your contribution @phakamani sithole and @Ussi Abuu Mnamengi and wishing you both the very best wishes for 2024! 

I enjoyed reading your interview and was wondering if you @phakamani sithole have any work-related challenges at the moment that our WildHub community can help you with? 

Go to the profile of phakamani sithole
6 months ago

Yes i would be happy if i could be acquinted to how other WILDHUB members in conservation are handling their projects.

Go to the profile of Ussi Abuu Mnamengi
6 months ago

Dear Thirza, I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for your outstanding leadership and guidance. Your efforts have been instrumental in my journey, and I truly appreciate your support.

Thank you for your invaluable contribution!

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
6 months ago

Hi Phakamani, thank you for sharing how our community can help you. I would highly recommend checking our other "lessons learned" member contributions and facilitating the sharing of these posts by joining our WildHub Conservation Catalyst programme

Hope these recommendations will help you in your work. 

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
6 months ago

Dear Ussi, thank you for your very kind words. It has been a learning journey for me over the past 4 years and I look forward to continue growing our community together with you and our other members this new year. A big thank you for your continued support and efforts to help WildHub grow. 

Go to the profile of Ussi Abuu Mnamengi
5 months ago

You're most welcome! Together, we're shaping a community for our generation and the next, united for the well-being of people and the planet.