ZimParks seeks to increase community participation in wildlife management

THE Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) has said it will invite communities to take part in wildlife management in their respective areas to restore key species and ecosystems.

“As an authority, we are striving to restore key species and ecosystems. It’s good to note that as a country, no key species has faced extinction nor do we have a park that has been de-registered. We are doing this through community inclusion,” ZimParks spokesperson Tinashe Farawo told NewsDay at the weekend.

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.

“We aim to provide the best sustainable services on wildlife and environmental awareness for the current and future generations,” he said.

On March 3, the world commemorated World Wildlife Day to raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora, and to recognise the important role of Cites in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the survival of species. Newsday.

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