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Zimbabwe Hosting KAZA TFCA Conference

Zimbabwe will host, this week, the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) conference of joint Management Committee and Committee of senior officials.

The event’s core focus would be to coordinate the development and management of wildlife and tourism assets with countries including Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This is an initiative long-term regional programme persuade by these countries.

Not only the five governments shown commitment on the KAZA Visa; opening of the cross-border movement by people, but also they have shown enthusiasm for the free movement of wildlife as well within the world’s largest conservational area

These partner countries adhere to achieve sustainable improvements in the livelihoods of resident communities, better protection of the regions biological diversity, establishment of a premier African tourism destination and the building of sufficient capacity for the continued management of regions wildlife and tourism resources.

The recognition of the KAZA TFCA as a Southern African Development Community (SADC) project in July 2006 means it is a programme encapsulating the SADC vision of regional integration and the SADC objectives for promoting the wise use of natural resources and effective protection of the natural environment.

Its goal is to sustainably manage the Kavango Zambezi ecosystem, its heritage and cultural resources based on best conservation and tourism models for the socio-economic wellbeing of the communities and other stakeholders in and around the eco-region through harmonization of policies, strategies and practices.

Beneficiaries of the KAZA TFCA are local communities, public and private stakeholders in the wildlife and tourism sectors.

The Zimbabwean delegation will be led by Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Priscah Mupfumira, who has proven high level of comprehension in the issue of conservation of wildlife and tourism.

The region’s Trans-frontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) have won worldwide admiration in both the conservation and tourism fraternities and the hosting of such meetings is a major boost for the country’s wildlife conservation efforts and tourism.

The Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) with 440 000 square kilometres of land has been recognized as the world’s largest conservation area, comprising of 20 National Parks, 85 Forest Reserves, 22 Conservancies, 11 Sanctuaries, 103 Wildlife Management Areas and 11 Game Management Areas, and is home to a number of top tourist attractions.

The area is renowned for its spectacular biodiversity and natural landscapes. World-renowned wetlands, rivers, wildlife in and out of the water, birds, trees and other plant life are just some of the exciting attractions on display. Close to 50 percent of Africa’s elephants roam the area and more than 800 bird species are at home here.

By Tinashe Farawo


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