STAKEHOLDERS have been urged to adopt a tree planting culture to allow for the absorption of carbon emissions as the country grapples with the effects of climate change.
Speaking during a Climate Change Mainstreaming District Engagement meeting for Mutare District held this morning, Deputy Director in the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality, Mr Kudzai Ndidzano said re-afforestation is one of the selected mitigation options in the agriculture, forestry and other land use sector which will help in mitigating the effects of climate change.
He challenged people to grow trees at a safer distance from their homes which will act as windbreakers.
“It is also encouraged to practise sustainable forest management. For instance, when in need of wood or firewood it is important that one cuts down branches and not the whole tree. This allows for the tree’s branches to reshoot while preventing deforestation,” he said.
In an interview, Director in the Climate Change Management Department, Mr Washington Zhakata said studies show that tackling climate change challenges requires new ways of thinking and new approaches to development.
“To build a low carbon trajectory we need partnerships across nations, sectors and societies as they are highly important when tackling climate change,” he said.