To Recycle Or To Reuse

Plastic pollution needs to be addressed at all cost since it has remained a major threat to migratory birds and the environment, an expert said on Thursday.

Mpiga Mangubuli, an environmentalist and lecturer at the Botswana Wildlife Training Institute, called for concerted efforts to protect migratory birds and their habitants when addressing a belated regional World Migratory Birds commemoration in Francistown, Botswana’s second largest city.

“Plastic pollution is a threat to the quality habitat to migratory birds in the country’s northwestern part,” said Mangubuli, adding that migratory birds seasonally migrate to Lake Ngami in Botswana’s northwestern part.

Botswana was home to about half of the world migratory birds’ population and therefore critical to the ecosystem, said Mangubuli.

“Our environment has to be receptive to these migratory birds hence calling for concerted efforts to protect their habitats. We should deal with plastic pollution,” he said.

Botswana is a signatory to international conventions on protection of bird species including the African-Eurasian Migratory WaterBirds (AEMW).

Available information has indicated that of the 255 bird species under AEMW worldwide, 93 were found in Botswana. Enditem


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