Environment

Wetlands Preservation key to Climate Change Mitigation

By Climate Change Reporter

Climate change is now a topical issue in various parts of the world and the impacts have begun to manifest.

This now require action to mitigate its impact.

Wetlands Conversation another way to mitigate the effects of climate change. This looks at purification of water and serving communities from floods.

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Environment, Mangaliso Ndlovu believes that more can be done to preserve wetlands in the interest to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

“If we conserve and sustainably utilise our wetlands,when climate related events occur,wetlands act as a buffer that can mitigate their impact.Wetlands work to reduce floods and relieve droughts. Inland wetlands such as flood plains,rivers,lakes and swamps function like sponges, absorbing and storing excess rainfall and reducing flood surges. During dry seasons in arid climates, wetlands release stored water , delaying the onset of droughts and minimizing water shortages,” said Minister Ndlovu

Effects of climate change were seen in Southern African countries which include Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique.

Tendai Guvamombe