The National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ), in partnership with UNESCO, has emphasised the need to preserve national heritage sites which are critical as the country envisages a middle income economy by 2030.

Archaeologists urged citizens to protect various archaeological heritage sites, such as the Great Zimbabwe, Matopo Hills and Chinhoyi Caves, which attract tourists and generate the much needed foreign currency for the attainment of vision 2030.

Archaeologist, Dr Ancilla Nhamo said heritage sites play a huge role in luring tourists into Zimbabwe, hence it is everyone’s responsibility to preserve them.

French archaeologist, Dr Camille Bourdier reiterated the importance of heritage sites in the society in terms of preserving the history of a nation.

“Heritage sites help in the understanding of the historical background of each country,” said Dr Bourdier.

Conservation of Collections Project Manager, Jose Luiz Pedersoli Junior said the aim of the project is to engage Africa’s youth in the promotion, conservation, management and resilience of their heritage.