Creating a Climate Friendly Travel System

Welcome to Zimbabwe Climate Friendly Travel Chapter

What does the Zimbabwe Climate Friendly Chapter Do?

Community of Champions
  1. Build a growing community of like minded individuals who are networked across the LDC + world.
    1. Encourage companies to join the CFT Registry.
CFT Project
      1. Identify and develop a locally initiated project. This could be solar electrification of villages, water sanitation, waste reduction, or any number of other areas related to increasing the Sustainability of Tourism in the country.

Meet the Chapter Leaders 

Maud Patience Masiyiwa
Maud Patience MasiyiwaZimbabwe
Maud Masiyiwa is a serial Social Entrepreneur with a passion for Empowerment through Tourism. She holds a Postgraduate qualification in Responsible Tourism Management, plus various business management and community development qualifications. She has worked for both wholesale and retail travel and tourism related businesses across East Africa, Southern Africa, and North America. In 2001, she established a retail travel agency in the Sandton City Mall Johannesburg and during the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002; her company was selected as the preferred agency to provide travel support to the visiting delegates. It was after the aftermath of the Summitt that her interest in environmental issues, climate change, tourism sustainability was birthed. So in 2022 she enrolled for the 2-year diploma course with SUNx Malta through ITS Malta and she is currently in her internship year and leading the Chapter in Zimbabwe.
Ropafadaishe Rushwaya
Ropafadaishe RushwayaZimbabwe
Ropa is a hospitality leader with over 10 years of experience in high-end lodges and resorts. She boasts a BSc. Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management and 2 MSc. qualifications in Strategic Management and Tourism. In 2023 she was awarded a full scholarship to study towards a PG Diploma in Climate Friendly Travel through SUNx Malta in collaboration with ITS Malta. She is the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe's Representative for Masvingo and the Deputy General Manager for Ancient City Lodge in Masvingo. Ropa isn't just passionate about guest service, she is also the holder of the Megafest Platinum Award for Customer Focus of the Year. Climate change action is a cornerstone of her approach. She continuously trains staff on sustainable practices and encourages hotels to register their climate change initiatives. Ropa's dedication to environmental responsibility ensures a thriving tourism industry for the future, with a vision that extends beyond exceeding expectations and community inclusion, through the Climate Friendly Travel Chapter where she is also a Chapter Leader.
Cynthia N Moyo-Sibindi
Cynthia N Moyo-SibindiZimbabwe
Cynthia N Moyo-Sibindi holds an Honors Degree in Development Studies. She is an earth warrior and very passionate about restoring climate justice. She has been an environmental activist for the past 10 years. With roots in social justice activism and community mobilization she has delivered interactive presentations on climate injustices. She has engaged with communities and key stakeholders on solutions towards climate justice restoration. Her goal is for communities to realise that they are not only on the frontlines of climate crisis but that they are also on the frontlines of change and can influence solutions to address climate change.


Geoffrey Lipman, SUNx Co-founder