Several rivers in the country are under threat from siltation caused by human economic activities along their banks.
This growing problem of siltation is proving detrimental to climate change mitigation efforts as scarce water resources are depleting.
Zimbabwe experienced high rainfall last summer with amounts documented in several areas breaking records set as far back as the 90s.
Sadly 4 months down the line some rivers are nearly dry in a development that threatens communities living in the river’s catchment area.
While the sad scenario is prevailing there is lack of adequate funding for desiltation ventures with US$7 million having been set aside nationally a figure way below requirement if consideration is given that Save alone needs close to US$1.5 million to desilt.
Climate change experts believe siltation of rivers is worsening the effects of climate change by decimating flora and fauna and resulting in dwindling water resources for most communities.
Experts say donor funding alone cannot be the only funding source for such critical environmental rehabilitation efforts adding there’s need to activate the national climate change adaptation policy to grassroots levels.
In the absence of remedial action perennial rivers will continue to dry up.