Zim hosts regional conservation indaba

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By Staff Reporter

ENVIRONMENT and Tourism Minister, Priscah Mupfumira is leading a delegation from Zimbabwe that is attending the Kavhango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA- TFCA) meeting underway in the resort town of Victoria Falls.

The meeting according to officials is being attended by Ministers from KAZA partner countries, Botswana, Zambia, Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

“The meeting gives the region a platform to discuss conservation and tourism issues within the region. A clarion call has been made to ensure that communities benefit from the rich wildlife within the region,” an official said.

Zimbabwe already has a programme in which local communities that border wildlife sanctuaries benefit from economic activities drawn from these areas, known as the Communal Areas Management Programme For Indigenous Resources (Campfire).

The programme however, has been hampered by funding problems but authorities in the past few years have been working hard to resuscitate it.

Namibia has benefitted from the withdrawal of funding by donors in Zimbabwe according to officials, especially at the turn of the century with funders looking at other pressing issues including but not limited to human rights and governance.