Clean Waters Club engages in tree planting initiative to tackle climate change in Gokwe

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Isheunesu Tirivangani

Clean Waters Club an Agroforestry and Biodiversity genetic arm from Gokwe has embarked on a tree-planting project that helps in tackling the climate crisis, it can be established.

The planting of trees across the nation is one of the biggest and cheapest ways of taking CO2 out of the atmosphere to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists. It is against this background that Clean Waters Club was formed in October 2001 in a bid to accelerate the greening of the environment.

Clean Waters Club is working with various stakeholders including WHH Extra Project, the Government of Zimbabwe led by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Lands, Agriculture, Waters, Climate and Rural and Urban Settlement, Climate Change Management Departments, Forestry Commission, Environment Management Agencies, ZIMPARKS & WILDLIFE, UNDP implementing Zimbabwe’s nationally determined contributions.

Speaking in an interview with this reporter, Clemency Mhoya an educationist said he realised that people are consuming more trees than they are replacing them, this led him to embark on a tree planting initiative to help fight climate change.

“Clean Waters Club family are committed to establishing a global academic technical vocational commercial education for all welfare support infrastructure leveraging Zimbabwe’s nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement. While also enhancing climate action for low carbon and climate resilience development nurturing master tree growing in Gokwe towards a climate-resilient upper middle-class income economic growth 2030.

“We decided to establish a Clean Waters Club (CWC) as a community-based organisation. We teach both the parents and the children. We trained many people on how to do seedlings and some of them are earning a living through selling their seedlings of various trees which includes exotic and indigenous trees,” said Mhoya.

Clemency Mhoya

He also stated that the program has also gone far in terms of dealing with plastic containers that are always found lying idle in the streets. Furthermore, Mhoya said that the initiative is an income-generating one that is helping the Gokwe society irk a living during the tough times.

“Clean Waters Club is basically under the Ministry of primary and secondary education but we have heavily leverage with the Ministry of Environment, particularly the Environment Management Agencies (EMA). We are also doing waste management using super containers which were becoming waste products in the community. We are converting those super containers to make our nursery pods and this makes our project advocate for a clean environment. By managing waste the ultimate goal is to have clean water in our community.

“The project is a national development strategy by greening our environment, we are promoting income generation and by so doing we are supporting the government initiative on a sustainable upper middle income. Many people in this project earn whilst they are at home. Many households and youths are employed through this project of CWC, and we are working on reducing the unemployment rate in our community, especially the youths,” said Mhoya.

He also said that as a club they are targeting to reduce siltation by making sure that everyone is involved in the initiative

“Our mandate is to make every village participate in riverbank reclamation and this will help us to reduce siltation. Gokwe is located at the headlands of Kariba dam which is why our rivers contain more sand, and to stop that siltation, we need to put a 30-meter barrier of dense forest along our river banks and ultimately in the end our rivers will keep clean water.

“I am currently engaging with 480 Principal Teachers among heads of departments, agencies, and tiers, 2400 household corporate professionals and 7200 individuals’ net 10080 households producing 2000 trees per quarter monitored and evaluated through the Ministries of Health and Primary and Secondary Education funded on RBZ GUARANTEE unit US0.25 for 90-day old seedlings,” said Mhoya.

Lilian Ndere a resident from Garikai applauded Mhoya for his great initiative project that has changed her life miraculously.

“I urge my fellow community members to take Mhoya’s project seriously because it generates income and at the same time is an environmental saver from things like soil erosion, land degradation, and deforestation,” said Ndere.

Titus Muleya a Forester also applauded the work being done by CWC and encouraged people to plant trees more than they are consuming them.

“There is the interdependence of animals and trees where there is an exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide and apart from that trees keeps the soil combat to soil erosion and land degradation, we need to plant more trees so that we help in the fight against global warming,” he added

Rego Machel a climate activist said deforestation activity is highly prohibited and not allowed because it results in more damage to the environment. He said there is a need to educate the community about the importance of planting more trees.

“We can prevent the issue of deforestation and greenhouse gas effect by planting more trees, and this greenhouse gas effect is causing the depletion of our ozone layer, let us all avoid the issue of cultivating along river banks as this will cause siltation in rivers and at the end, we lose,” he added.

Gokwe Deputy Mayor Charity Mungwani appreciated Mhoya’s project which is assisting in preventing land degradation and soil erosion in Gokwe community.

“This great initiative project from Clean Waters Club is helping us as Gokwe Town Council, it keeps our environment safe and l would like to thank all those who are planting trees in every area of Gokwe. I am also worried about land degradation in Sesame area, a situation that can only be stopped through the implementation of Mhoya’s project,” she added.


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