Hwange mining firms urged to invest in the protection of the environment

By ZBC Reporter
MINING companies operating in and around the coal-mining town of Hwange have been reminded of the need to ensure responsible mining practices and invest in the protection of the environment.

The establishment of new coal mining firms and other energy-related projects around Hwange in line with the national vision to create a US$12 billion mining industry have seen fresh calls for increased investments in environment protection as well as responsible mining.

In an interview during the recent tree planting event held at Chief Hwange homestead, Green Trust Environment Trust Director Mr Daniel Sithole stressed the need for mining firms to adhere to robust environmental protections practices.

“We have seen a substantial increase in mining activities around this resource-rich district and as environmentalists we are appealing to the mining entities to ensure that they adhere to responsible mining practices and take necessary steps to protect the environment.”

Chief Hwange encouraged the Hwange community to prioritize forest restoration by planting more trees as part of the broader response strategies to climate change.

“As a community, we should continuously plant trees as we tend to derive more benefits from such practice. We all understand the importance of trees in our lives. Forest restoration has also become important in view of climate change.”

Under the recently launched National Development Strategy NDS-1, Zimbabwe has placed attention on environmental protection, climate resilience and natural resources management. The country is also targeting to increase rehabilitated mined areas from 2 500 hectares in 2020 to 10 000 hectares by 2025.

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