CHIPINGE - Chipinge District Development Coordinator (DDC), formerly District Administrator (DA) William Mashava has lamented the wanton destruction of trees in Chipinge, saying people should at least plant as much trees as they destroy.
Mashava was speaking at a belated commemoration for the World Environment Day and World Desertification Day that held recently at Tanganda Halt.
The event was jointly organised by Environmental Management Authority (Ema) and Forestry Commission in collaboration with Ensure.
Ensure is a programme incorporating such partners as Care International, World Vision and Safire.
Mashava said Human-Wild Conflict would never end if people continued with their uncaring attitude towards nature.
“There used to be a lot trees and animals here at Tanganda but they are nowhere to be found. Humans have been responsible for the disappearance of wildlife during the years. It is unfortunate that some of our kids here haven’t seen a live monkey because they have disappeared.
“We should desist from the culture of destroying trees and animals at will. Desertification leads to hunger, starvation, poverty, food insecurity, conflicts over resources, and increased natural disasters like heat-waves, floods and cyclones. Chipinge has experienced the devastation of tropical cyclones so it’s high time everybody took part in efforts to conserve nature,” said Mashava.
He said people must take responsibility and replenish the landscape with trees since they are responsible for their destruction.
“It is wise that we start participating in bringing back our forests. If each one of us had a target of planting three trees per year, it would help a lot. If Zimbabwe had 20 million people and each planted three trees we would have 60 million trees by year end,” he said.
Mashava went on to plant a tree at Tanganda Clinic while officials from Chipinge Town Council, Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, ZimParks and Ensure also planted theirs.