President Emmerson Mnangagwa will on Monday officiate at the inaugural African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) Wildlife Economy Summit in Victoria Falls having have arrived there on Sunday.
The summit is expected to be attended by representatives from 30 other African countries and international delegates
Key issues expected to be deliberated on, according to the Chronicle include:
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… unlocking investments and the power of wildlife economy, how to create an enabling environment for investment in an African wildlife economy, the transformative potential of the wildlife economy, an opportunity for Africa including economic and social justice benefits and how to move to scale the challenge.
Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira had this to say:
Zimbabwe is in the KAZA region and KAZA boasts of hosting more than 60 per cent of the world’s elephant population.
We will discuss how wildlife impacts ordinary people and how we can manage human-wildlife conflict.
We want to come up with resolutions which will be good for conservation and make sure people living with wildlife also benefit.
There will be various international speakers and our own Zimbabweans will contribute to the deliberations.
The summit is most opportune to reflect on this important species as well as recalibrate strategies to ensure that appropriate benefits accrue to nations and respective communities
KAZA stands for Kavango–Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area and is situated in a region of Southern Africa where the international borders of five countries converge. The five countries are Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Angola.