Con­cern over bio­di­ver­sity tar­gets

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Man­i­ca­land Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Con­ven­tion on Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity (CBD) com­mit­tee in Man­i­ca­land has raised con­cerns that it may fail to meet set tar­gets by 2020.

The CBD is a mul­ti­lat­eral treaty whose ob­jec­tive is to de­velop na­tional strate­gies for the con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able use of bi­o­log­i­cal di­ver­sity.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of the CBD meet­ing in Mutare last week, Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try deputy di­rec­tor, Mr Abu Ma­tiza said poverty and lack of fund­ing were ma­jor fac­tors in bio­di­ver­sity loss in Zim­babwe’s ecosys­tems.

He said this had led to un­sus­tain­able ex­ploita­tion of the coun­try’s nat­u­ral re­sources and that stake­hold­ers were fac­ing var­i­ous threats which need to be ame­lio­rated to pre­serve bio­di­ver­sity.

Mr Ma­tiza said the lack of ad­e­quate fund­ing was hin­der­ing them from meet­ing their tar­gets be­fore the dead­lines.

“We de­vel­oped our strate­gies us­ing ex­ist­ing bud­gets that were sup­posed to be ex­e­cuted by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, var­i­ous Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions,” he said.

The com­mit­tee’s act­ing co-or­di­na­tor of fresh wa­ter and fish­eries, Dr Crispen Phiri said Zim­babwe had suc­cess­fully de­vel­oped poli­cies and strate­gies to con­serve bio­di­ver­sity, but im­ple­men­ta­tion of iden­ti­fied ac­tions has been slow due to in­ad­e­quate fi­nan­cial re­sources.

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