High Court of Zimbabwe judge, Justice Benjamin Chikowero on 1 July 2020 released a judgement on the preliminary points raised in the case between Advocates4Earth (People and Earth Solidarity Law Network) and the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks). The High Court dismissed the preliminary points raised by ZimParks’ lawyer Mr Harrison Nkomo, with costs being in the main cause.
The court case is part of Advocates4Earth’s ongoing campaign against wildlife capture and trade in Zimbabwe and Africa. The campaign included a parliamentary petition and submissions to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment on Tourism held on 2nd March 2020. The campaign also involved lobbying and participation by two Advocates4Earth attorneys during the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP 18 ) held from 17-28 August 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Advocates4Earth held its first open panel discussion on WhatsApp on Saturday 30 May 2020 at 1700hrs CAT. The featured discussion was on “NATURAL RESOURCE GOVERNANCE IN ZIMBABWE & PEOPLE’S UNMET EXPECTATIONS UNDER COVID 19” with four outstanding speakers from around Zimbabwe.
Deadline : 10 June 2020 | Possible Start date: 1st July 2020 (depends on Covid19 regulations).
The UN Climate Change secretariat, in close collaboration with all the other organizing partners, has decided to put Africa Climate Week in Kampala on hold. This is to ensure the health and safety of all participants in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The 2020 Commemoration comes as a special day for Advocates4Earth. On the eve of the day, our team appeared before the Parliament of Zimbabwe’s Portfolio Committee on Environment and Tourism to present oral evidence on a petition we submitted concerning Zimbabwe’s elephants and wildlife trade and transparency.
Advocates4Earth joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World Day of Social Justice. The 2020 Theme is “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice.”
Sakellaropoulou reportedly has sensitivity towards animals and the environment and held the position of the president of the Hellenic Society for Environmental Law since 2015. She also taught Environmental Law at the National School of Judges (2005-2014).
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Advocates4Earth has since inception been calling for better capacitated Civil Protection Units as part of measures to protect the human and environmental rights of vulnerable communities in the time of climate change and economic hardships.