National Wetlands Policy and Management Guidelines officially launched

By Mercy Bofu

ACTING President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga has challenged communities to preserve wetlands to reap the necessary benefits.

He was speaking in Masvingo while officially launching the National Wetlands Policy and Wetlands Management Guidelines this Wednesday

Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Wetlands Day this Wednesday, with the government pledging its commitment to ensuring the preservation and restoration of all wetlands.

The commemorations held at Njovo Wetland in the Zezai village of Masvingo, saw Acting President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga launching the National Wetlands Policy and Wetlands Management Guidelines that will inform decision making on the use of wetlands across the country.

“As we launch the national wetlands policy, the government has started implementing several programs to ensure the preservation of our wetlands and ensure communities benefit from the natural resource,” he said.

Communities were urged to take a leaf from the people of Njovo who are benefiting from sustainable utilisation of wetlands in their area.

“As a ministry, we are involved in wetlands protection and utilisation programmes engaging communities such as the Njovo to demonstrate that wetlands rehabilitation, protection and utilisation is possible,” said Honorable Mangaliso Ndlovu.

The people of Masvingo thanked the government for supporting rural development initiatives, including those accrued from preserving wetlands.

This year’s commemorations are running under the theme: “Wetlands Action for People and Nature”.