Citizens implored to cultivate culture of conserving the environment

By Peter Chivhima

ZIMBABWEANS are being encouraged to cultivate a culture of conserving the environment, as the Forestry Commission targets to plant more than 25 million trees this year.

With the nation on a drive to restore two million hectares of degraded forest landscape by 2030, the Forestry Commission says it is targeting to plant more than 25 million trees by the end of the year.

This was disclosed at a Forestry Commission symposium held in Harare this Thursday.

“Acting Forestry Commission board Chairperson Professor Shoko “As we move out of this symposium it will be different a ball game, so this year we are targeting more than 25 million trees and this is possible as you have seen that the environmental patron, the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has already started. We are basically doing that to achieve our vision 2030.”

Senator Chief Ngungumbane and former Dean of Agriculture at the University of Zimbabwe Professor Mandivamba Rukuni emphasised the importance of conserving the environment.

“Let’s have a culture of conserving our environment, as you are aware that climate change is real. We need to preserve our trees. At our constituency we have a number of initiatives to protect trees,” he said.

The symposium attracted stakeholders from local, regional and international bodies who rallied behind the initiative.

The commitment to halt and reverse the loss of forests dovetails with the National Development Strategy One which flags sustainable management of natural resources as one of the key deliverables to attaining an upper middle income economy by 2030.