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Villagers benefit from wetlands conservation

Villagers benefit from wetland conservation

http://www.dailynews.co.zw/

By Midlands Correspondent
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 18:21

ZVISHAVANE – Villagers in Chebvute in Zvishavane district are reaping from 
benefits from conserving a wet land for nine years.
They planted a maize crop on five hectares  and  the maize  is almost ready 
for harvest.

The revelation came at a belated  World Wetlands Day provincial 
commemorations at Chebvute vlei last week.

In a speech read on his behalf by Zvishavane-Ngezi MP, Obert Matshalaga, 
Environmental Management Agency Board member for Environment protection, 
Devious Marongwe commended the Chebvute commnity for preserving the wetland.

He said it is not the community which only benefits but the environment as 
well.

“The community at Chebvute vlei have learnt the concept of co-existence and 
hence managed to restore the status of this wetland with areas around it 
benefitting from its conservation.

“An integration of management practice such as the one designed and 
implemented at Chebvute sustains the environment and the local beneficiaries 
not only thrive but also benefit downstream populations,” said Marongwe.

Marongwe said EMA gives its full support to Chebvute for their initiative to 
protect wetlands. He called upon traditional leaders, local authorities and 
all environment friendly citizens to partner with EMA and Forestry 
Commission to conserve the wetlands and forests around Chebvute vlei and in 
Zimbabwe at large.

Matshalaga, who is the MP for the area promised to assist the community add 
other projects to Chebvute vlei like bee keeping, fish farming, citrus 
growing and a dairy project so as to diversify from crop cultivation.

Wetlands offer a diverse of benefits like water purification, flood 
mitigation, water provision, medicinal plants and as habitats for animal and 
plant species.

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