The Herald (Harare)

6 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Preserve Natural Resources - Shiri

Zimbabweans have been urged to preserve the country's natural resources as the country's future hinges on the development of a green economy. Speaking at a tree planting ceremony at the Air Force headquarters in Harare yesterday, Airforce of Zimbabwe commander Air Marshal Perence Shiri said the country's future was largely dependent on its natural resources.

"The Air Force of Zimbabwe will play its part in planting a portion of the Government's overall target of 20 million trees by end of 2013. This is aimed at reversing the negative effects of global warming which if left unchecked will leave an uninhabitable environment," said Air Marshal Shiri.

Air Marshal Shiri said while they were charged with safeguarding Zimbabwe's airspace, they would not fold their arms while Zimbabwe's flora and fauna were destroyed by human activities. This gesture is aimed at mitigating the impact of climate change and realisation that the salvation from these environmental effects lie in the conservation of natural resources. The Air Force's mandate is to make sure they do not defend an airspace overlying barren land," he said. Air Marshal Shiri also said the commercial value of this year's tree the Red Mahogany, if efficiently harnessed can go a long way to alleviate poverty. The Red Mahogany tree can be used for various purposes such as roofing, fence construction and furniture thereby dovetailing Government's thrust for a thriving agro forestry sector.

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