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The first World Wildlife Day

The first World Wildlife Day

The Zimbabwe Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere & guest of honour
The Zimbabwe Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere & guest of honour
ZAMBEZI TRAVELLER

People from all walks of life gathered at Hwange Main Camp to celebrate the inaugural World Wildlife Day on 3 March. The function was hosted by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority with the theme ‘Wildlife Protectionfor Community Empowerment and National Economic Development’.

Entertainment was provided by a local drama group, Ingonyama and poems from school children from a local school were read, giving a powerful message to conserve our environment in all its forms.

In his keynote speech, the guest of honour, Zimbabwe Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere said “Wildlife is the backbone of tourism in Zimbabwe and as a country we are co-ordinating and supporting all stakeholders to work hard to promote wildlife as tourism and to market Zimbabwe as a safe destination both nationally and internationally.”

The Minister went on to say that it should be noted that there are many challenges facing the wildlife industry, such as commercial poaching, increasing human populations surrounding wildlife areas putting pressure on natural resources and increasing human-wildlife conflicts, as well as mining, corruption and uncontrolled veld fires.

However he also noted that progress has been made in forging a culture of protecting our environment by involving local communities surrounding wildlife areas, to ensure they benefit from the wildlife through community-based natural resources programmes and becoming involved in the tourism industry.

Together with conservation education in schools and zero tolerance of poaching, the Zimbabwe government is determined to make a powerful contribution to the conservation of wildlife and to promote socio-economic development through tourism.

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