BY VANESSA GONYE
AT least 30 African countries will be taking part in the inaugural African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) Wildlife Economy Summit to be held in Victoria Falls from June 23 to 25.
The summit will provide a platform to share strategies on leveraging wildlife resources to turn around economies.
Environment minister Priscah Mupfumira said the inaugural summit presents countries in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) with an opportunity to share views on unlocking value from wildlife.
“We are happy to host the first ever AU-UN Africa Wildlife Summit. We are looking forward to having a successful conference. Zimbabwe is in the KAZA region and KAZA boasts of hosting a sizeable percentage of the world’s elephant population,” Mupfumira said.
KAZA is home to 61% of the world elephant population.
Mupfumira said the summit presents an opportunity to share strategies on leveraging wildlife resources to turn around economies.
“We will discuss how wildlife impacts the ordinary people, how we can manage human-wildlife conflict. We want to come up with resolutions which will be good for conservation and make sure people living with wildlife also benefit,” she said.
Close to 500 delegates are expected at the event.
The three-day event is likely to bring more tourism revenue into the country with businesses in the resort town expecting brisk business during the high-level meeting.