December 1, 2020

ADVOCATES4EARTH

Solidarity for Environmental Justice

Statement on World Wetlands Day 2020 “Wetlands and Biodiversity” – Advocates4Earth

The theme for the 2020 World Wetlands Day is “Wetlands and Biodiversity”. Development decisions informed by economic and profit considerations, however, continue to threaten wetlands and biological diversity around the world.
For immediate release.

Advocates4Earth, as a non-profit environmental law, climate and wildlife justice organisation notes with concerns the escalating attempts and development of private construction and mining projects on wetlands around the world. These projects happen at a time when the World commemorates World Wetlands Day on the 2nd of February each year to commemorate the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. The theme for the 2020 World Wetlands Day is “Wetlands and Biodiversity”. Development decisions informed by economic and profit considerations, however, continue to threaten wetlands and biological diversity around the world.

IN Zimbabwe, the Ramsar Convention entered into force on 3 May 2013. However, the environmental justice sector continues to monitor and note with apprehension, the recent attempts and efforts to carry out construction projects in the Borrowdale, Eastlea, Mabvuku, Budiriro, Ashbrittle and Monavale Wetlands, the latter of which is one of the seven declared wetlands of international importance in Zimbabwe under the Ramsar Convention. Above these, there is massive pollution around Ramsar sites in the Lake Chivero area.

We remind politicians, business, communities and civil society that every person, species and nature are entitled to environmental rights both at the international and domestic law levels. Furthermore, it is a trite environmental principle that the environment must be protected for both present and future generations hence our wetlands deserve protection. As Advocates4Earth we will be pursuing several courses of action in order to ensure the continued protection of wetlands, and we urge concerned individuals and groups to get involved.

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