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Dr Blessing Karumbidza
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  • Durban
  • South Africa
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South Africa
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Southern Africa, climate change (adaptation and mitigation), land and agrarian livelihood impacts. REDD & CDM as false solutions meant to benefit Annex 1 countries to avoid cutting down on emmissions
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I am a social, cultural, environmental and rural development sociologist and activist working in Southern Africa. My main area of work is in the plantation/forest sector in as far as the plantation model undermines sustainable development. CDM projects based on the plantation and bio-fuel model are doomed to cause more problems for many land and agricultural depended societies in Southern Africa. My work on REDD in Kenya among the Masaai and on CDM in Southern Tanzania Highlands indicate serious negative implication for sustainability from REDD and CDM.

Civil Society COP17 Planning Strategy Meeting Durban 27 Jan 2011

The Heinrich Boll Stiftung has organised and supported a strategy and planning meeting for civil society organisations in durban in the environment justice sector in the COP17 city of Durban running from today 27th January until tomorrow, 28th January at the Diakonia Council of Churches offices.


At this meeting, diverse community, civil society groups from all over the country have gathered to consider the experiences at COP16 in Mexico Cancun, the COP process itself with the aim of making the Durban COP17 process more meaningful for these groups, who are normally in the outside space. Cancun was an excercise in management by division, with the civil society groups camped in completely different placed and also with very little access at the inside and main event.

The diversity of the gathering in Durban which include gropus ranging from, African Consortium on Climate Change (ACCC), Action Aid, African Monitor, BioReginonal South Africa, Biowatch, CCS, UKZN, Timberwatch, CEPPWAWU, CIVICUS, CJN! Commission for Gender Equity, CPUT, Cycles for Social Justice, Development for Peace Education, Co-operatives & Rural Enterprises Support Initiative (CRESI), Genuine Media, Diakonia Council of Churches, Abahlali base Mjondolo (Durban), Isipingo Environmental Committee, SDCEA, StreetNet International, Earthlife Africa, Eastern Cape Environmental Network, Economic Justice Network, Ecopeace Party, Global Campaign for Climate Action to Hospitality Industries & Allied Workers Union and IDASA - a consensus and single strategy will be far from possible. Maybe when delegates leave here, we will have in addition to Soccer Friday, Cricket friday, another Climate Friday - so the word is out there for designers of paraphernalia, T-shirts, caps and so forth. Maybe the Archbishop Desmond Tutu would call for a climate Braai!

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Dakar, Senegal - World Social Forum with Blessing Karumbidza

Today the 6th of February until the 11th - the world social forum, a meeting of people united against capitalism will start. comrades from throughout the world will meet to exchange ideas on alternatives to capitalism and seek for ways to make inroads into state systems that run operations that respond more to MNCs demands rather than protecting the rights of their people.


Watch this space for regular updates!

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 3:51

linking the COP process with the masses

How can we bridge the gap between climate science, climate economics and the elite solutions from the COP process with the lived realities of the masses of the people who are already living under climate change and have everyday mitigation and adaptation experiences that go uncaptured, unaudited and un-acknowledged by the elite? For the masses of the landless, the jobless - climate change remains like HIV/AIDS and other problems of huge proportion that have helped the rich to become richer… Continue

Posted on January 27, 2011 at 11:46

A Peasant View of Climate Summit - COP16

My earliest surprises being at COP16 in Cancun where parties are negotiating climate change related adaptation and mitigation related possibilities have to do with the manner in which the discussions are carrying on, among civil society. Firstly, a visitor from Mars would think clarity of ideology and context leads to insult to parties. So discussions proceed as if it didnt matter and outside any contextual appreciation of the historical racial and gendered political ecology which gave rise…


Posted on December 2, 2010 at 8:28

Peasant perspective on Climate Change Summit in Progress in Cancun

This was my first day at COP16. Being here itself is an exercise in high faith after COP15's exercise in disaster. Not that this one will be any different, but its interesting to be here anyway. My earliest surprises are the manner in which the discussions about mitigation and adaptation happen outside any ideology - as if it didnt matter and outside any contextual appreciation of the historical racial and gendered political ecology which gave rise to a seemingly disconnection between rural…


Posted on December 2, 2010 at 8:20

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At 10:04 on March 23, 2013, Suza Adam said…


On the 15th & 16th October 2013 the third Clean Technology business and investment matchmaking conference for the African continent is to be held at the Killarney Country Club, Lower Houghton South Africa.

Called Viridis Africa, the event is dedicated to entrepreneurs and corporates who are seeking funding to introduce clean technology solutions and services.

Principals who would present their business opportunities at this event would have the audience of numerous local and foreign investors, stratified according to their interest and investment criteria.
Investors would include venture capital, private equity, project and corporate finance outfits and project developers dedicated to the cleantech sector. They would also include North American, European funding agencies, major Asian industrial conglomerates, technology specific investment funds and major companies who seek strategic alliance and acquisitions.


Entrepreneurs from all over Africa are invited to submit a business plan for inclusion in the programme. Interested parties can mail their cleantech proposals to


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