Protecting local wetlands is a vital and important project which benefits the communities environmentally. Kasibo Dam was built in 2017 after World Vision helped the Kasibo community to protect a Wetland that has been lying idle for years.
A Wetland is a distinct ecosystem that is flooded by water, either permanently or seasonally. The protection of Wetland and the diversion of water from upstream to downstream can result in the formation of a Dam. Kasibo Dam has a capacity of 12 500 cubic meters, a substantial amount to help the community.
World Vision Hwange Area Manager, Mr Lovemore Nyoni said with the help of the Environmental Management Authority, Hwange Rural District Council and the community of Kasibo they managed to divert water from the Kasibo river as well as it’s streams and channelled it to one direction and formed Kasibo Dam.
“The community identified the Wetland as it was becoming a grazing spot for their livestock, we had to quickly intervene with EMA to avoid the destruction of the Wetland. We protected the area and diverted the water to a bigger water source” said Nyoni.
Lameck Banda the Chairman of the Kasibo Dam said the community saw the importance of the wetland and 206 households helped in the construction of the dam, the same people who were involved in the construction are effectively benefiting from the Dam.
“Our community is earning a living through this dam, fishing is now being done on this dam and our cattle have a safer drinking spot,” he said.
The Kasibo Dam has resulted in the establishment of a massive nutrition garden which is a benefit to the community.
Elizabeth Sibanda the Chairman of the Kasibo Garden said 40 households in Kasibo are earning a living from the garden.
“Among the 40 households, 30 are headed by women and 10 headed by men, the garden has fresh tomatoes, butternuts among other vegetables which the farmers sell or use for family consumption,” said Sibanda.
Wetlands are far from being useless because they provide values that no other ecosystem can, these include natural water quality improvement, flood protection, shoreline erosion control, opportunities for recreation and aesthetic appreciation.