As many of you know I’m a Zimbabwean by birth and still have a great draw to my homeland. I have made Britain my home but left my heart in Africa.
As such when I see things like this post below from my father on his own blog www.birdingzimbabwe.com I feel not only outraged but saddened at the continued rape and pillaging still being wrought on so much of Africa in order to make that elusive quick buck. Please read the post and sign the petition regardless of where in the world you might be.
Many thanks and TTFN
Mr Bunny Chow
Well the Hwange trip Post will have to wait because something else has come up.
Harare is well-known internationally as a fantastic city for birding for the “special” vlei species (a vlei is a natural wetland or seep). Various Cisticola’s, Crake’s, Flufftail’s and the more colourful Bishop’s and Widow’s.
Vlei’s are enormously important for much more than just the birdlife !! The torrential tropical rainwater is held back by the ‘sponge’ action of the vlei and then released slowly into the downstream waterways over a period of many months. This water is cleaned and purified in the process and of course flooding is also averted.
One of the biggest vlei’s is the Borrowdale Vlei.
It is under threat !!
See below………. please assist………….
Here’s the petition for forwarding to your friends:
Stop Loss of Borrowdale Vlei
Plans are underway for construction of a massive shopping centre called the Mall of Zimbabwe on what is left of one of Harare’s few remaining wetland areas, the Borrowdale Vlei. These plans are going ahead despite the fact that an independent environmental impact assessment has not been undertaken.
The ecosystem services of flood attenuation and water purification are being over looked and the full environmental ramifications need to be carefully considered. In addition, wetlands play an important role in absorbing water in the wet season and then releasing this water in dry seasons. There are 6.5 million people living within the catchment system linked to the Borrowdale Vlei who are dependent upon the water it stores and then releases. We therefore urge Vice President Mujuru to consider an alternative site for the Mall of Zimbabwe.
Reblogged with permission from Tony Wood (c) www.birdingzimbabwe.com