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Command Rain Water Harvesting Gets Nod in Zimbabwe

Government is set to construct weirs in all 10 provinces as part of its Command Rain Water Harvesting Programme aimed at harnessing water from floods and excessive rains. Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said while the country laments losses recorded during flooding, the climate change variability has presented an opportunity for a paradigm shift in water resources planning, development and management programmes.

She was speaking at a public lecture held in commemoration of the 2017 World Water Day Celebrations by co-ordinator of the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), Prof Stefan Uhlenbrook from Perugia, Italy, hosted by the University of Zimbabwe in partnership with UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa and her ministry.

“My ministry has, therefore, introduced the Command Rain Water Harvesting programme through the construction of weirs in all 10 provinces of the country, with specific emphasis in dry areas such as Matabeleland South and North, Masvingo and the south western parts of the country,” she said.

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