A call was made for every Zimbabwean to be sensitive to the ecosystem through their actions .This was said by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Honourable Francis Nhema in a statement at the recently held tourism breakfast meeting.

The meeting, which was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare on September 2  2010, was attended by captains of industry and commerce.  The focus was to conscientise the public on the linkages between tourism and biodiversity as well as finding measures to retain and conserve the ecosystem.

The Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Honourable Engineer Walter Mzembi, echoed Honourable Nhema’s   sentiments  and revealed  an increase  in  uncontrolled veld fires with the recent report of the loss of six human lives and ten herd of elephants. Pollution caused by construction of industries and many other human activities have caused an imbalance in the ecosystem which endangers plant and animal life. It was against this background that the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Hospitality and Industry commemorates the World Tourism month this September under the theme “Tourism and Biodiversity”.

The tourism industry is said to be one of the greatest sources of revenue, and it becomes imperative that necessary measures be taken to retain and conserve plant, wildlife and the environment. The Great Zimbabwe Monuments, Matopos in Bulawayo, Chinhoyi Caves, and Hwange National Park, among others, are part of the biodiversity which have contributed immensely towards the tourism industry. 

Authorities appealed to the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality and the ZTA to spread the message during the entire month to avert future losses .He noted that human beings are the grievous component of the biodiversity. He pointed out that tourism reacts to people’s actions and that natural features are sensitive to human behaviour.