Govt urge all stake­hold­ers to part­ner with EMA

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andrew Mu­vishi Her­ald Re­porter

GOV­ERN­MENT has urged all stake­hold­ers to part­ner the En­vi­ron­ment Man­age­ment Agency (EMA) in en­sur­ing sus­tain­able util­i­sa­tion of wet­lands.

A wet­land is a low ly­ing marshy area that forms head­wa­ters for rivers. Wet­lands act as nat­u­ral wa­ter reser­voirs.

Speak­ing at the at the Ram­sar wet­lands pre-cop stake­holder con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing held in Harare on Thurs­day, the deputy di­rec­tor in the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Tan­yaradzwa Mun­donga said the min­istry is ready to part­ner all stake­hold­ers on sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment is­sues.

“The benefits from wet­lands are even more cru­cial as the num­ber of people liv­ing in ur­ban ar­eas is in­creas­ing. Although we have a di­verse group of stake­hold­ers representing var­i­ous in­ter­ests, as we de­lib­er­ate on the agenda is­sues, I urge you all to lay aside per­sonal in­ter­ests and dwell on sus­tain­abil­ity is­sues.

“Wet­land man­age­ment is­sues re­main im­mersed in se­ri­ous chal­lenges that in­clude; non-co­op­er­a­tion by cit­i­zens, neg­a­tive at­ti­tude by project de­vel­op­ers, lack of ap­pre­ci­a­tion of wet­land val­ues, low com­pli­ance by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and com­pet­ing hu­man in­ter­ests, which tend to negate proper wet­land man­age­ment,” he said.

“Wet­lands pro­vide im­por­tant pro­vi­sion­ing, reg­u­la­tory and cul­tural func­tions such as wa­ter stor­age and re­ten­tion, flood con­trol, car­bon se­ques­tra­tion, wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion and wildlife habi­tat among other ser­vices.”

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion the act­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal plan­ning and mon­i­tor­ing man­ager Maxi­well Matu­rure said the main­te­nance of wet­land eco­log­i­cal char­ac­ter is achieved through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ecosys­tem ap­proaches, within the con­text of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

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