July 12, 2018

Zambian Caucus Examines National Parks and Wildlife Policy

Members of the Zambian Parliamentary Conservation Caucus (ZPCC) gathered in Lusaka on July 12th to discuss with key stakeholders Zambia’s National Parks and Wildlife Policy. Nearly three dozen members of the Zambian parliament were in attendance for the half-day workshop, a discussion which was centered around management challenges in Zambia’s national parks.

Several members of the ZPCC, returning from a visit to Kafue National Park the week prior, detailed their first-hand accounts of witnessing poaching in the park. They believe illegal intrusions are increasing in frequency as a result of inadequate park management and a growing human population in the park. Engaging directly with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), caucus members debated how best to develop management and planning strategies and new operational procedures and how best to generate sustainable funding for the parks. Members stressed that communities must be incorporated into park management models for successful protection of wildlife and conservation.

Conservation experts Griffin Shanungu of the International Crane Foundation, James Milanzi of African Parks, Paul Zyambo of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) each presented during deliberations. Mr. Milanzi discussed the role of wildlife policy in creating enabling conditions for the growth of Zambia’s wildlife industry. Nearly a third of Zambian land has been set aside for conservation, yet, he said, the wildlife sector has had a marginal impact on development, adding that only four of Zambia’s 20 parks generate tourism revenue.

U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote delivered keynote remarks, also emphasizing the importance of creating a sound investment climate to facilitate philanthropic and business investments in conservation and ecotourism. He further stressed the importance of adequate resource allocations to DNPW to facilitate good park management. “If Zambia wants to become one of the world’s leaders in photo and safari tourism, it must show the world it’s serious about conservation,” he said. “Through the Caucus, each member is showing the commitment, and possesses the power, to energize the actions urgently needed to protect [Zambia’s] natural heritage and exceptional wildlife.”

Find more of Ambassador Foote’s remarks here.

The ZPCC workshop allowed for critical discussions on the National Parks and Wildlife Policy and raised awareness and understanding of the Policy among a broad and diverse cross-section of members of the National Assembly. Moving forward, with elevated awareness and understanding of it in Parliament, there is greater opportunity for further engagement surrounding the Policy.

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