Who We Are

 

Who is VFEW

  • VFEW is a registered trust which seeks to situate itself as a stakeholder/public interest body that shall be consulted for the conservation, protection and development of this area.  
  • VFEW aims to work closely with the Environmental Management Authority, National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Victoria Falls Town Council, the private sector, and other stakeholders in achieving the betterment of the area.
  • VFEW aims to collect information about planned and ongoing developments as it pertains to the public interest or where it occurs in areas designated for public use such as National Parks. VFEW will maintain a database of confidential and standardized documentation on all projects. 
  • VFEW will take an objective, independent and non-partisan position according to its stated aims and would be willing to mediate between the private sector and stakeholders. 

Aim

The aim of Victoria Falls Enviro Watch shall be; in line with Section 4 (a) of  the Environmental Management Act which provides that ‘every person shall have the right to protect the environment for the benefit of present and future generations, and to participate in the implementation and promulgation of reasonable… policy and other measures…’; to promote conservation and environmentally sound management of Victoria Falls and its surrounding areas for the benefit of the wilderness, the wildlife and the people.

Current Trustees

The trustees of VFEW are residents of Victoria Falls and are all volunteers, offering their time freely.

Tony Peel - Chairperson

Tony first came to Victoria Falls in 1986 as a young white water rafting and canoe guide, these formative years nurtured his love for this piece of Africa. Business interests led him back to his home town Harare for the next 2 decades before returning to Victoria Falls in 2013 where he and his wife run and own a successful travel company. Passionate about wildlife and the environment and how it is managed, led him to be instrumental in establishing Victoria Falls Enviro Watch.

Ian Gloss - Vice Chairperson 

Ian has been a resident of Victoria Falls since 1996, is a professional guide, and the founder and Managing Director of Victoria Falls Liquorama. He is passionate about nature and our natural heritage, and devotes a considerable amount of time and resources to conserve the rich biodiversity our country is blessed with.

Robin Brown - Treasurer 

Spending his formative years either canoeing, rafting the rapids beneath the Victoria Falls or as a professional Guide conducting walking safaris in some of the many parks in Zimbabwe, Robin and his wife Jo started their own safari and travel business in 1998. Having weathered the storms of Zimbabwe tourism they are based in Victoria Falls where they have planned and run over one hundred and fifty corporate events and many high end safari itineraries either in Zimbabwe, Zambia or Botswana often combining the countries in what have been many memorable trips and experiences

Obert Manyeza

Obert is a Community Development practitioner, working with many communities living in or near national parks in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia. Obert holds a Master of Science in Development Studies and is the Trust Manager at African Bush Camps Foundation. 

Precious Phiri

African Coordinator and Global Representative for Regeneration International. Networker, community development and accredited educator in regenerative environmental practices since 2006. Global platforms speaking about regenerative conservation and environmental approaches.

Shelley Cox

Shelley is a proudly born Zimbabwean with a deep passion for wildlife and conservation. Having studied for a Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University in South Africa, Shelley has worked in the Zimbabwe tourism industry for the past ten years and is a co-owner and the Marketing and Sales Director of Africa Conservation Travel, an organization with a focus on creating a greater connection between tourism, conservation and local communities. Shelley was recently appointed to the Forestry Board of Zimbabwe. She is also on the board of trustees for Victoria Falls Enviro Watch and on the board for the African Travel and Tourism Association (Atta).

Ephias Mabume

A reputable development practitioner. Ephias holds a B.A. degree in development studies as well as Masters of Commerce degree in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance.  Ephias is a seasoned Human Resources practitioner.  He is sitting Councillor for Ward Six of Victoria Falls Municipality. 

Dionne Mutsonziwa

Dionne is a dynamic and energetic Hospitality Management Professional with almost two decades of international experience in the industry.  In her area of influence she is a key driver of practicing sustainable and eco friendly practices by cutting down on food waste, minimizing water usage beyond the hotel room, eliminating plastic, conserving energy and creating a paperless hotel. She is passionate about protecting our environment for future generations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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