Zambia Daily Mail
KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
THE bilateral agreement signed between Zambia and Malawi on the trans-frontier conservation area is bearing fruit, Minister of Tourism and Arts Charles Banda has said.
Mr Banda was speaking yesterday when receiving 34 elephants from Liwonde National Park to Nyika National Park at Thazima Gate in Malawi.
He said there have been moves lately by many countries and non-governmental organisations to establish, effectively manage and increase the number of the protected areas.
“There is also a growing recognition that effective biodiversity management demands an ecosystem-based approach that integrates protected area management into surrounding landscapes and the management of their resources,” he said.
Mr Banda said that ecosystems and wildlife species do not recognise political borders, which are usually defined for historical and geo-political reasons, without reference to ecological functions or processes.
And Malawian Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Masi said the addition of the 34 elephants to the existing small population of 100 in the Nyika National Park will improve the viability of the herds and fast-track the recovery of physical numbers.
He said the translocation was a sign of the Malawian government’s commitment to the initiative, especially after having signed the two governments in 2015.
And Mr Banda has said the Zambian guest house in the Nyika National Park will add a lot of value to tourism in the area.
Mr Banda was speaking when he visited the facility which is located on the fringes of the Zambia-Malawi boundary in Chama district.
He said the facility is part of the infrastructure that Government has been looking for to provide the much-needed bed spaces.
“The guest house was renovated under the Nyika Sustainable Management Project supported by World Bank and is jointly implemented by both Malawi and Zambia,” he said.
Mr Banda said the facility has six rooms, all self-contained, and can accommodate to 12 guests at a time. The site is also suitable for campers.