Nation implored to protect the environment

By Peter Chivhima

A multi-stakeholder approach has been identified as key in the protection of the environment.

This came out at a belated World Wildlife Day held in Harare this Wednesday.

“Multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder approach is key in the protection of our environment. Environmental elements are interlinked and they need collaboration for the beauty of our country,” said Christopher Chitindi, Environmental Management Agency vice board chairperson.

Guest of Honour and Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu bemoaned high incidences of wildlife crimes and human-induced reduction of species.

“Let us put our heads together and have a collaborative approach to ensure our local communities that live with or adjacent to the nation’s network of protected areas feel appreciated on their important role in the conservation matrix and as a country we recognise local ecological knowledge in our conservation ideology, as they know and understand biodiversity even better than those in offices.

“The day reminds us of the urgent need to step up and fight against wildlife crime and human-induced reduction of species,” said Minister Ndlovu.

World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on March 3 and it underlines the importance of sustainable use of biodiversity.