As winter season drew closer , Environment Management Agency (EMA) has raised a flag on the need to protect biodiversity from veld fires, a germ of destruction to species and natural environment.
This comes in the wake of 2020 Fire Risk Predication known as Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), a simple indicator used to identify vegetated areas and their conditions across the country.
According to EMA’s Research findings on Fire Risk Classification, the country stands at (43.3%) to high risk (23.1%) to veld fires with 11.2% classified as extreme risk to fire. Projected classifications identifies many parts of Mashonaland, Masvingo and Matabeleland North Provinces as highly exposes to veld fires.
EMA calls for wider collaborations from various sectors to act on fire management strategies to avert veld catastrophes.
“The veld fire in Zimbabwe stretches from 31 July to 31 October of each year, thus the clarion call for preparations for tue 2020 season to resume in earnest immediately.This calls for adequate engagement at national, provincial, district, ward, village and all sub-committee levels in drawing up fire management strategies before the onset of the fire season.”
“Lets all prevent veld fires and and sustain biodiversity.”
Calls to protect natural environment from veld fires will cascade in addressing challenges of climate change in which maintanace of green vegetation is key.