Dr. Nelson Chanza

Dr. Nelson Chanza
Head of Climate Change and Environmental Management

Dr Chanza is a member of the Environmental Management Board of Directors responsible for giving policy directions to the operations of the Environmental Management Agency (EMA). He is also working as a Senior Lecturer in the Geography Department at the Bindura University of Science Education. Dr Chanza holds a PhD in Environmental Geography. He also holds a Masters degree in Environmental Policy & Planning and a BSc degree in Biological Sciences.  

Dr Chanza’s expertise and experience is drawn from the 12 years of research, skills development and training experience, particularly on environmental awareness, capacity building for community development projects, disaster management, environmental impact assessments, social impacts assessments, development and review of environmental management plans (EMPs) under Zimbabwe’s environmental legislation. The specific contributions include: a study on Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Managing Climate Change in Southern Africa, a project sponsored by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA, Netherlands); co-author of the National Climate Policy; and the National Youth Development Report.

He is currently working as a principal researcher in participatory mapping and vulnerability assessment for managing adaptation barriers associated with environmental stress in Zimbabwe, a project supported by EMA. He has also presented at several national & international conferences, & continues to participate in several environmental management & sustainable development workshops & knowledge fora. Thus, Dr Chanza’s contribution to knowledge is particularly evident in the fields of climate change adaptation, environmental impacts of development projects, disaster management & sustainable development. He reviews a number of journals in similar fields.