Harare wetlands are under threat as land developers construct houses.

This was established at a wetlands tour by the Mayor of Harare and Cde Kasukuwere in Harare.

The city of Harare is located within the headwaters of the upper Manyame catchment basin and wetlands are the primary water source for the city.

The vleis feed streams and rivers which flow down to the city’s supply dams 32km downstream to the south west, with that water being pumped back up to the city for household use.

The City of Harare has interjected against land developers who are building houses as well invading wetlands and Mayor of Harare, Bernard Manyenyeni and Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere said that they will take action to make sure wetlands are protected.

Monavale vlei is one of outstanding examples of the once extensive headwater wetland or vlei ecosystem and EMA education and publicity officer, Steady Kangata elucidated that these ecosystem are under threat due to the unlawful infrastructural developments.

Increased awareness on the importance of Harare’s wetland rich biodiversity for the ecological underground and surface water is required as well as coordinated protection of urban wetlands.