Calls continue to increase for people to desist from occupying wetlands as they are critical in food production and human survival.

As the rainfall continues, it exposes the dangers of tampering with the wetlands which are affectionately referred to as earth’s kidneys.

Cracking and bending of structures, drying up of boreholes, flooding and pollution of underground water are some of the effects associated with destruction of wetlands especially in urban areas.

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) Acting Education Officer, Mr Rambwayi Mapako highlighted that preserving wetlands is preserving humanity.

“We discourage people to dwell on wetlands as this will pose danger to their lives and other innocent people,” he said.

In Harare, areas such as Marlborough, Cold Comfort, Mabvuku and Monavale are bearing the brunt of floods.

Managing wetlands has become a global necessity as continued invasion of wetlands threaten their biological diversity which make them one of the world’s most productive environments. According to the Environmental Management Act (Chapter 20:27), a wetland is any area of marsh, fen, peat land or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt and includes riparian land adjacent to the wetland.