BCC Calls For Effective Neighborhood Watch On Environmental Degradation Issues

By Providence Moyo

Environmental department with the Bulawayo City Council is calling upon different communities in the city to work with the local authority to address different Environmental challenges.

Speaking during a meeting held with St Peters residents in Bulawayo , hosted by the Matebeleland Institute For Human Rights (MIHR), BCC environmental Officer Sobhuku Dube , said there is a need for residents to work with the local authority in monitoring environmental issues in communities.

“Currently the local authority is crippled when it comes to dealing with many environmental issues in the city because of limited resources. Council is currently attending to related matters with only one vehicle and only five rangers but in a normal set up there should be 74 rangers in the city. The community’s neighborhood watch must also be effective and identify different Environmental challenges.”

The meeting was attended by different Environmental stakeholders that include Forestry, Environmental Management Agency ( EMA), City Council and St Peters Environmental Committee.

St Peters residents raised a number of environmental degradation issues that include continued firewood and sand poaching.

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