Wildlife policy document undergoes validation

Tinashe Farawo

GOVERNMENT says the proposed new wildlife policy document is undergoing a validation process so that it incorporates stakeholders input.

The Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality minister Mangaliso Ndhlovu told NewsDay yesterday that his ministry was still considering views raised by stakeholders before finalisation of the policy document.

“We want the policy to fit into people’s needs. Implementing the policy is a process, hence the reason why its finalisation was moved to the end of this month.”

Recently, the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) urged communities to take part in wildlife management in their respective areas to restore key species and ecosystems.

ZimParks spokesperson Tinashe Farawo said communities should be involved in wildlife management as stipulated in international treaties such as Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), among others.

Environment ministry national co-ordinator Prosper Matondi said reviewing the policy would be a game-changer in wildlife management, considering that a lot had changed in the past two-and-a-half decades when the policy was last reviewed.

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