Re-greening the Urban Green Spaces in Harare (RGUGS)
Re-greening the Urban Green Spaces in Harare (RGUGS)
Silveira House Jesuit Social Justice and Development Centre is a Catholic Organization with the following vision: “Silveira House envisages a peaceful and just Zimbabwean society where there are fewer poor marginalized and oppressed citizens excluded from the economic or political systems, where all citizens (poor or rich) feel proud to be citizens of a free and ever developing Zimbabwe”. Silveira House has 4 thematic areas according to its Strategic Plan (2020-2024) namely: i)
Governance and Inclusive Political Participation ii) Peace, Security and Sustainable Development iii) Domestic Resource Mobilisation and iv) Climate Justice and Food Security

Silveria House is a Catholic non-profit organization founded in 1964 and registered under Prestage Trust with registration number MA39/63. Silveira House has a board of ten members with backgrounds in theology, law, philosophy, development and finance. The organization employs a total of 25 people in program work, administration, and finance. Volunteers also work for SH from time to time. SH's financial activities are documented by modern financial software in the sense of double-entry bookkeeping and are regularly audited by various internal and external bodies.

Four project coordinators are assigned to each of the organization's strategic focus areas of community development, advocacy/peacebuilding, vocational training, and communications/research and are responsible for implementing activities and liaising with relevant stakeholders. They are also responsible for data collection and training, as well as process monitoring and beneficiary follow-up. Project coordinators are supported by project officers in the field. These are responsible for the planning, implementation, process monitoring, and evaluation of projects under their respective programs.







ii) How many direct and indirect beneficiaries (gender segregated) are in the project

Number of Direct beneficiaries Number of indirect beneficiaries
Number of Men Number of Women Number of Men Number of Women
2000 3000 10000 15000

iii) How many members are in the project committee (gender segregated). List the names of project committee members and IDs

There is currently no project committee in place. It will be set once the fund is availed as these green spaces are non-functional.


iv) If there is no project Committee in existence, indicate the management structure that will be in place for this project and what will be the role
This project will be implemented by Silveira House in conjunction with the Harare Residents Association and Harare City Council. Silveira House is the leading implementor providing the services of the Executive Director, Programmes Manager, Finance Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Management Officials. It will be managing the financing and co-implementing with the chosen members from resident associations, council officials and citizens (youth, women and persons with disabilities included). The role of the other partners is basically to facilitate implementation and monitoring and evaluation of the whole project. They will also provide key resources such as labour in the form of technical expertise and personnel, financial resources and, materials and social support.

iv) What is your Current Annual budget: ____US$ 853,371.87

v) Does the organization have a Constitution Certificate of Registration, please attach a copies.

Yes, have been attached


vi) Has the organisation received a previous grant from other sources? If Yes, indicate in the table provided below; If No, place N/A in the table below:

Name of Project Name of Funder Amount of Grant (US$) Year
Building Resilience through improving the Absorptive and Adaptive Capacity for Transformation (BRACT) European Union, Swedish Government, UK aid
United Nations Development Programme USD 600 000 2017-2021
Strengthening transparency and accountability in the natural resources governance sector (STA-NRG) Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) USD 672 408.33 2019-2021
Beyond Cyclone Ida (BCI) Recovery Xavier Network USD 1,276 000 2020-2022
Leadership Development for Better and Accountable Governance Misereor US$700 000 2019-2022
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e) Describe previous experience relevant to the proposed project, including activities related to global environmental issues; or experience with projects that focus on sustainable development at community level.
1. Building Resilience through improving the Absorptive and Adaptive Capacity for Transformation (BRACT) of at-risk communities in Mutoko and Mudzi districts of Zimbabwe. Silveira House is specifically building people’s adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change through the provision of vocational skills training. The project has been running since 1 October 2017 up to date with a total funding of US$ 600 000. The project is funded by the European Union, Swedish Government, UK Aid, and UNDP (technical partner). The project has reached out to 1300 out of school youths equipping them with technical skills, starter packs and entrepreneurial skills to build their absorptive and adaptive capacities in the face of Climate Change. The layering of interventions has immensely contributed to building the above mentioned capacities.

2. Strengthening transparency and accountability in the natural resources governance sector (STA-NRG) focusing on mineral rich communities. The mineral rich sector is shrouded in poor transparency and accountability leading to corruption, citizen displacements and poor corporate social responsibility. Through this project, Silveira House developed a standard Corporate Social Responsibility Policy with Rural Districts in Mutoko, Zvishavane and Gwanda to curb the above-mentioned challenges. Adoption of the CSR Policy resulted in increased citizen voices, reduced corruption and displacement of citizens to pave way for giant mining corporates.

3. Beyond Cyclone Ida (BCI) Recovery Project in Bikita and Chipinge Districts of Zimbabwe, in Malawi and in Beira in Mozambique with funding from Xavier Network. The project has focused on adopting new building codes that are compliant with Cyclone affected areas in the building of affected classroom blocks, District Ministry of Health and Child Care Headquarters, Incinerators at hospitals, water piped schemes adopting the Building Back Better principles. In Malawi, the project is helping rural farmers adapt their farming methods and technologies to the worsening effects of climate change.

f) Please indicate the organization’s prior engagement with GEF SGP (e.g. grantee, partner, etc), i.e Has the organization received a previous grant from the GEF Small Grants Programme? (Yes) (No). If Yes, complete the table below. If NO, insert N/A in the table.

Project Number Project Title & Location Total Grant received Summary of achievements Gaps to be addressed by grant being applied

N/A




g) (Please add rows to the table as required

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PART 2: PROJECT PROPOSAL

SECTION A: PROJECT FRAMEWORK

1. Project Summary
Please provide a brief summary of the project in one paragraph, including rationale and context, project objective and key expected results, include the target site and community(ies) involved.

The focus of the project is the re-greening of urban green spaces in the city of Harare with small scale demonstration aquaponic systems being set up for educational purposes to the green space patrons. The project proposes the re-greening of Zimre Park, Kuwadzana Round About and Greenwood Park in Avenues green spaces. Silveira House through the grant support will work with youths, Residents Associations (selection will be done upon commencement of the project) and Local Authorities from Kuwadzana, Zimre Park and Avenues in the designing, financing, and civil works on the parks. An estimated 80% of the urban green spaces in Harare have become dilapidated and in states of disrepair owing to slow neglect by the local authorities over the past 20 years. In recent years, local councils have moved in to close these parks as they are an eyesore and that they do not have budgets to maintain these spaces. As these green spaces have had neglect, urbanites have been robbed of recreational facilities with a green footprint that foster ecotourism at a local level leading to improved appreciation of the need to conserve biodiversity and contribute to reduction in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to curb the effects of climate change. The re-greening of the urban green spaces will afford urbanite communities the opportunity to access a clean green atmosphere in their local vicinities to improved health and wellbeing. Further, the green spaces will have aquaponic systems set up for educational purposes to foster adoption at household level as these do not require a lot of space and water to produce organic healthy vegetables and fish. Youths engaged in setting up and running these aquaponic systems at the green spaces will off take organic fish and vegetable that can be sold at premium prices for income.


Figure 1: Picture showing a simple aquaponic system that the project proposes it uses a demonstration model for learning purposes at each urban green space


2. Project Justification and Baseline
Please describe the following:
? The challenges/problems that the project intends to address in relation to global environmental and development issues.

Problem Analysis:

State the
Problem/Issue or Challenge Rapid urbanization and a poor performing economy since year 2000 have resulted in the disappearance or nonfunctioning of urban green spaces in Harare Metropolitan and other parts of Zimbabwe. Councils responsible for the management and running of these urban green spaces are facing financial challenges leading to deprioritizing the funding of these urban green spaces. Surviving urban green spaces like Africa Unity Square and Harare Gardens have become dilapidated uglier, poorly managed and a breeding ground for thieves, hence a hazard to society. Other significant challenges confronting green spaces in Zimbabwe include, alienation of citizens, corruption, under-resourced council institutions, and limited involvement of citizens in urban governance. The three green spaces based in Harare: Kuwadzana Round About, Zimre Park and Green Wood Park exhibit high levels of neglect, vandalized and outdated structures and dilapidation of general amenities.
What are the causes of the problem/issue or challenge? Direct Causes Indirect Causes
1. Rapid Urbanization
2. Commercialization of land
3. Council budget cuts
4.Community not seeing the value of these urban green space
5. Neglect by Council
6. Lack of water and personnel 1. Corruption
2. Loss of love for nature
3. Misgovernance
4. Vandalism
5. Expanding built environment.
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? How the project relates and will be contributing to the SGP Country Programme Strategy
? How the project relates to other relevant programmes supported by government, GEF and other donors, and private sector. research here
The RGUGS project directly contributes to the SGP Country Strategy through Strategic initiative 5 focusing on Catalyzing Sustainable Urban Solutions and Strategic initiative 3 which focuses on low-carbon energy access co-benefits. At an international level, the project will contribute to SDG 1 which focuses on no poverty though supporting vulnerable groups like the youths to diversify their livelihoods and engage in income generating activities. SDG 3 of good health well-being will be supported by the project through promoting organic farming using vermiculture and aquaponics by the youths at the green spaces. The aquaponics and solar powered water systems will demonstrate affordable clean energy systems that can be adopted by urbanites in their quest to contribute to Zimbabwe’s INDCs. Urban communities in Harare will be equipped with knowledge to cope with climate change as enshrined in ZUNDAF. Knowledge transfer will be through demonstrations at the three proposed sites exhibiting aquaponics, vermiculture and solar piped water systems by the youths. Zimbabwe’s Climate Policy streamlines the need to develop low carbon development pathways, hence the RGUGS project promotes these green technologies that have low Green House Gas emissions in urban areas. Zimbabwe has made commitments to the international community commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through adopting the INDC’s approach hence contribute to reducing global temperatures by 1.5oC. The RGUGS project with the support of the SGP will contribute achieving Zimbabwe’s INDC’s goal. The proposed project has a strong component of youth participation and leading the project contributing immensely to enhancing social inclusion of the SGP. Zimbabwe’s Youth policy seeks to ensure that all young people are afforded meaning opportunities to attain their full potential. The project places youth at the center and driving seat of the project as they will lead the rehabilitations and setting up of the demonstration technologies at the 3 urban green space sites above all make an income from these green spaces to contribute to their income.

The Government of Zimbabwe has partnered with UNDP on the ZRBF programme running across 18 districts in Zimbabwe with a focus in building resilience of marginalized communities mostly in rural areas of Zimbabwe. The RGUGS project will mainly focus resilience building efforts in urban areas of Harare with the focus on youth empowerment through adopting of green technologies and jobs.

The RGUGs project almost follows in design with the previously GEF supported Practical Action Strategic Project though at a small scale as it adopts the setting up of a solar system to power the piped water scheme and the aquaponic system at once. The project has a potential to scaled up at community level especially in rural areas to grown fish to contribute nutrition security.

Furthermore, the RGUGS project well aligns with GEF’s Sustainable Cities programme as rapid urbanization has sprawled into previously preserved urban parks that provided city dwellers with ecosystem critical services such as clean recreational areas. The sustainable cities programme anchors on working mayors, private sector, UN agencies in designing innovative solutions to climate change for urbanites. The approach forms the backbone of the RGUGS project as it will work with local authorities is the rehabilitation of these green spaces and awareness campaigns to adopt vermiculture, aquaponics and solar technologies for city dwellers.

3. Project Goal, Objectives, Activities, Outputs and Outcomes
• Main Goal:
The ecosystem, recreational and learning site functions of Harare urban green spaces/parks is improved contributing to Zimbabwe’s Climate Change adaption in urban areas.

a) Specific objectives:
(i) To re-green three urban parks/green spaces in Harare using nature friendly and Climate Smart Technologies by 2023
(ii) To improve awareness and adoption of solar, vermiculture and aquaponics systems that contribute to healthy eating and well-being for urbanites through urban green spaces by 2023
(iii) To develop strategies to maintain clean and sustainable functioning urban green spaces/parks post 2023.



b) Activities: List all activities to be implemented per objective

Objective 1 Activities
1. Engagement of stakeholders at an inception meeting
2. Project Implementation Unit
3. Conduct an urban space assessment to develop Bill of Quantities for the renovations
4. Develop landscaping designs of the urban green space
5. Flighting tender to select supplier for the solar equipment and fitting
6. Formation of the urban space management committee
7. Conduct the rehabilitation construction and civil works on each of the urban green spaces
8. Community groups maintaining the greenspaces.

Objective 2 Activities
1. Set up small scale solar, vermiculture and aquaponic systems that churn out organic produce by youth that are sold to urbanites that visit the park.
2. Set up an awareness roaster at the urban green space promoting Climate Smart Technologies that can be adopted by urbanites at household level
3. Provide refuse collection infrastructure and promote recycling of waste.
4. Follow up of a sample of trained urbanites assess adoption of Climate Smart Technologies for healthy eating and wellbeing at household level.

Objective 3 Activities

1. Adopt the user pay principles to access the parks as a sustainability measure post 2023.
2. Adoption of the strategy for business continuity.
3. Fence off the urban green spaces and allow entry at designated gates to control dumping of waste and security of the infrastructure


c) Project Outputs: Please describe measurable changes which will have occurred by the end of the project as a result of the planned intervention (e.g. XX hectares of community management conservation area established. XX community members is trained and improved on waste management).

• Inception Report
• A program management unit is set up
• A greenspace assessment report.
• Greenspaces land scaping designs.
• Three urban green spaces (about 10 hectares) are rehabilitated and fitted with solar powered boreholes to provide water for the entire park.
• 5000 green space patrons have accessed the parks and have learnt about vermiculture, aquaponics and solar systems as Climate Change adaptation systems.
• 1000 people who have visited the green spaces adopt climate smart technologies or innovation.
• Since the project will have an MOU with local board, a strategy that details the business continuity of urban green spaces post 2023 will be developed.


d) Project Outcome: Please describe what will be produced as project results, in terms of changes in the institutional and behavioral capacities, changes in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, policies, livelihoods and environmental conditions.
• An aesthetically pleasing green space created in the urban areas.
• Contribute towards the attainment of nationally determined contributions (NDCs)
• Positive changes in attitudes and practices towards urban green spaces.
• Increased percentage of households eating organic food they are growing.
• Increased number of households that visit the green space that adopt Climate Smart Technologies.
• Functional urban green spaces post the funding period

(For this section, please complete the Results Framework Table below)

































Table 1 - Results Framework: (This is the most important part of the project proposal. Please take your time and use the guidelines provided)
GOAL
(Every project should
have one goal) OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES
(activities must contribute to the achievement of objectives. Sometimes it takes more than one activity to achieve an objective) INDICATORS FOR PLANNED ACTIONS OUTPUTS OUTCOME

The ecosystem, recreational and learning site functions of Harare urban green spaces/parks is improved contributing to Zimbabwe’s Climate Change adaption in urban areas.
(ii) To re-green urban green spaces in Harare using nature friendly and Climate Smart Technologies by 2023

1. Engagement of stakeholders at an inception meeting
2. Project Implementation Unit
3. Conduct an urban space assessment to develop Bill of Quantities for the renovations
4. Develop landscaping designs of the urban green space.
5. Planting of trees, flowers, lawn and other plants.
6. Flighting tender to select supplier for the solar equipment and fitting
7. Formation of the urban space management committee
8. Conduct the rehabilitation civil works on each of the urban green spaces Baseline:
Three non functional greenspace
Target:
Three functional green spaces
-Inception Report
-A program management unit is set up
-A greenspace assessment report.
-Greenspaces land scaping designs.
-Three urban green spaces are rehabilitated and fitted with solar powered boreholes to provide water for the entire park.
-three small scale aquaponic systems set up by the youths in the parks
-A security plan developed by the youths and local boards is in place to protect the assets
-Security fence around the parks will be established adopting the user pay principles -An aesthetic green space created in the urban areas.
-NDCs
-Changes in behaviors and practices towards urban green spaces.


















-Increased percentage of households eating organic food they are growing.

-Increased number of households that visit the green space that adopt Climate Smart Technologies















Functional urban green spaces post the funding period

(ii) To improve awareness and adoption of available Climate Smart Technologies that contribute to healthy eating and well-being for urbanites through urban green spaces by 2023

1. Set up an awareness roaster at the urban green space promoting Climate Smart Technologies that can be adopted by urbanites at household level
2. Routine follow up of urbanites that visit the green space to assess adoption of Climate Smart Technologies for healthy eating and wellbeing at household level Baseline:
-No awareness currently taking place on climate smart technologies

-No available demonstration sites that show climate smart agriculture can be adopted at household level.

Target:
-Three demonstration sites that exhibit climate smart technologies that can be adopted at household level.
-Weekly awareness campaigns.
-5000 patrons visit the green spaces for learning and relaxing captured through entrance registers.

-1000 people who have visited the green spaces adopt climate smart technologies or innovation. They will be educated on the vermiculture, aquaponics and solar systems.

-Youth provide extension services to households that show interest in adopting aquaponics at household level

(iii) To develop strategies to maintain the sustainable functioning of urban green spaces post 2023.



1. Conduct gap analysis on previous continued strategies adopted by the Councils.
2. Develop a strategy that is shared with stakeholders for review
3. Adoption of the strategy for business continuity.





Baseline:
-No strategy available on rehabilitating and maintaining the urban green spaces.
Target:
To develop a strategy that will maintain the green spaces post 2023.
-A strategy that details the business continuity of urban green spaces post 2023.
-Developed institutional framework for managing green spaces


 

Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Silveira House Social Justice and Development Centre
Country:
Zimbabwe
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
ZIM/SGP/OP7/Y2/CORE/LD/2021/02??
Status:
Not active yet
Project Characteristics and Results
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
Gender mainstreaming (gender equality and equality) is a crosscutting theme at the heart of Silveira House’s programming, with a recognized need for gender sensitivity when formulating and implementing humanitarian interventions. During implementation, Silveira House will continue to ensure that the mainstreaming is a continuous process. Silveira House will ensure more than 60% of beneficiaries and participants are women across all interventions. Deliberate effort will also be made to ensure that women are equally represented in all capacity building efforts and structures to advance the implementation of this program. Women involvement is essential in building inclusive urban governance, climate governance and environmental sustainability
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
The Re-greening of urban green spaces project will improve the livelihoods of the host communities through the adoption of aquaponics as a Climate Smart Strategy namely at household level based on learnings and exhibitions at the urban green spaces. The project, through youths, will set up small scale hydroponic systems to produce fish and vegetables that will be sold to the urban green spaces patrons. Awareness of setting up of aquaponics systems will be mainstreamed and for further practical trainings, communities will be referred to Silveira House where the full trainings are being offered. Through routine tracking and monitoring of those that visit the urban green spaces, assessments on adoption at-least one Climate Smart Technology at household level will be reported. The youths that would have set up small scale Climate Smart Technology systems at the urban green zones will be encouraged to set bigger aquaponic systems outside the urban green zones and cultivate them to be a livelihood option. The youths will be linked with organic certifying bodies and linked to organic markets locally and internationally for them to earn an income.
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Anold MOYO
Phone: +263719721369
Email: director@silveirahouse.org.zw
 

Address

545 Arcturus Road, Chishawasha Harare
Harare , Harare , 263

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Tsitsi Wutawunashe
Phone:
263-4-338846/44
Fax:
(263) 700946
Email:
Mr Luckson chapungu
Phone:
+26304338836
Email:

Address

P.O. Box 4775
Harare, AFRICAN REGION, 264-4-