Environmental Management Agency officials for Gokwe warned that wetlands may soon become extinct. They attribute the depletion to stream bank cultivation by residents. Gokwe North EMA Environmental officer Allan Machenjedze told journalists recently at a World Water Day event held in the Midlands that seven out of 11 wetlands have already been destroyed as a result. He said:
Gokwe North has 11 wetlands and only four of them are still functional meaning seven have since been depleted, by mainly stream-bank cultivation
Machenjedze also indicated that perennial dry spells in Gokwe have forced villagers to resort to stream bank cultivation in order to survive. The plight of Gokwe residents is a nationwide issue in light of an El Nino induced dry spell that resulted in most crops failing.
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