Government saddened by the Dwindling wildlife in Southern Province (Zambia)


Lusaka Times

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Government says it is concerned with the decline of wildlife populations in Southern Africa.

Ministry of Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary Stephen Mwansa attributed the decline of wildlife populations in Southern Africa to wildlife crime.

Speaking when he officially opened the Southern Africa Regional Judicial & Prosecutorial Workshop in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Mwansa pointed at poaching, illegal wildlife trade and trafficking, as a major cause of the waning of wildlife populations.

Mr Mwansa noted that illegal trade and trafficking in wildlife products such as game meat, skins, ivory, rhino’s horns and live animals have increased at alarming levels.

The permanent secretary further urged Zambians to ensure that they protect the country’s wildlife as it is a non-renewable resource.

Mr Mwansa noted that the Department of National Parks and Wildlife in Zambia dedicates a lot of attention into law enforcement and field operations.

He said that the value of wildlife cannot be over stated and therefore there is need to attach economic value to wildlife and consider wildlife crime as economic warfare and sabotage.

“We need to put our heads together in fighting wildlife crime in the region said Mr Mwansa.

This is according to a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today by Ministry of Tourism and Arts Public Relations Officer Sakabilo Kalembwe.