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Meeting immediate need vs conservation

Meeting immediate need vs conservation

Saturday, 26 March 2011 19:41

By chipo masara

IN today’s world where people are generally willing to do just about 
anything for riches, most would go to the most outrageous lengths to 
This has inevitably led to the world now seeing the worst cases of 
environmental degradation as man makes maximum use of resources without much 
thought about environmental implications.
Economists have for years attempted to convince the public that the end 
justifies the means as they fast destroy the little we have left of the 

This is especially so in the developing world where the natural environment 
is being devastated in attempts to find short-term economic gains, with 
Zimbabwe most certainly not an exception.
There is a clear conflict between resource utilisation and economic 

Last week, we discussed how the mining industry in Zimbabwe, in spite of 
undoubtedly being an industry capable of seeing the country economically 
getting back on its feet, is currently causing unprecedented harm to the 

Unfortunately, it is far from being the only culprit.

The agricultural sector has done its share of harm, mostly owing to the fact 
that the majority of the “new farmers” who were allocated farms under the 
land reform programme evidently have very little, if any, clue on 
conservative methods of farming.

Because they have had little or no education on safe farming practices, the 
farmers tend to take very little responsibility for the long-term health of 
the land they cultivate, something that has resulted in great land 
degradation, making it less and less productive by the day.

Under the guise of clearing the land to expand their agricultural 
activities, the “new” farmers have wiped the country of the trees that once 
nicely enveloped the farming areas.

Besides using the wood from the cut trees to supplement the erratic power 
supplies, some of the small-scale farmers have taken to selling them as 
firewood on the highways along their farming areas.

The manufacturing industry is also doing little to preserve the environment 
and studies show Harare to have been rated the worst city in the world.

The variables that were used in the rating included, among many others, the 
following: cleanliness, destruction of water bodies and river encroachment 
by the land grabbers, population and the lack of sufficient open space to be 
used as parks and children’s playgrounds.

Isn’t it about time that more and indeed all players in the country’s 
industry take up the challenge to integrate social and environmental 
concerns in all their business activities?

Although the primary objective of any business venture is to make profits, 
it is necessary that we look at our operations holistically and ask 
ourselves whether the total value of our enterprises can ever equate with 
the environment’s value to all of us.

When South Asia was devastated by a Tsunami in 2004, anecdotal evidence 
showed that the mangrove forests that had once existed, but had long 
depleted, would have protected the region.

The destruction of the forests that had been converted into farms, urban and 
resort areas was seen to have massively contributed to human losses in the 
natural disaster, worth billions of dollars and lives.

Is it not just unfortunate how human activity is generally driven with 
economies in mind without the slightest concern for the environment and the 
devastating results thereafter?

Increasing production without consideration for the environment and the 
capacity of the natural resources would inevitably lead to worsened 
environmental deterioration and reduced production in future.

There is need to put the future generations into consideration and think 
about the type of environment we would want them to inherit.

It would be in the best interest of the economy to protect the environment 
that is operated in because the two (economy and environment) are closely 
interrelated and inseperable. Government should seriously consider providing 
incentives for environmentally-friendly planning so that benefits can be 
long-term and sustainable.


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