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TOURISM and Arts Permanent Secretary Patrick Lungu has said his Ministry will take all legal and reasonable measures to prevent illicit activities like poaching in the wildlife sector, as they are shameful for the industry’s development.

In a speech read for him by Director Human Resources and Administration William Katongo at the commemoration of the 2021 World Wildlife Day under the theme; Forests and Liveliihoods, Sustaining people and planet at Lusaka’s Munda Wanga Sanctuary and Botanical Gardens, the PS said Zambia should never again allow any species to go extinct as it happened to the rhino before.

He said it is not long ago that Zambia experienced the extinction of black rhino due to poaching and it had to take the support of cooperating partners to re-introduce them in the North Luangwa National Park.

The controlling officer said Government is in the process of operationalizing the National Anti-Poaching Taskforce comprising all defense and security wings to supplement efforts of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife in protecting wildlife resources through intelligence led anti-poaching and anti-trafficking operations.

And Director of National Parks and Wildlife Dr. Chuma Simukonda said as Zambia celebrates the event that falls on March 3 each year, it’s important that people know conservation efforts are meant to protect wildlife from people, but for the people.

He said therefore, wildlife is meant to sustain people’s livelihoods in the economic sense.

Meanwhile, Zambia Community Based Natural Resources Management (ZCBNRM) Board Chairperson Rodgers Lubilo called on Government to finalize ZCBNRM policy as it would contribute to the strengthening of the partnership of the forum and Government.

Dr. Lubilo said the policy is crafted well for the country, wildlife and its resources.
He also called on Government to relook at the Hunting Fee sharing mechanism for communities where hunting takes place.

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