By Charity Moonga
Vice-President Guy Scott has said harmonising conservation efforts in the Southern African region through such initiatives as the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation area will help protect wildlife.
Dr Scott has since called for increased collaboration in combating illegal wildlife trade.
He said President Michael Sata and the Zambian Government attached great importance to wildlife.
He was speaking in Gaborone, Botswana, where he attended the African Elephant Summit on Monday.
Dr Scott thanked the Government of Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature for organising the summit.
He further commended Botswana President Ian Khama for hosting the summit and urged participating countries to take the measures agreed upon seriously.
The meeting was organised to address the rising cases of poaching of the African elephant and the illegal ivory trade.
“To this effect, the Government has since put in place a moratorium on elephant hunting as a measure to allow the Zambian Government to establish and monitor its elephant population,” he said in a statement released by his senior private secretary, Robert Kamalata.
Dr Scott said the elephant population in Zambia had increased and commended United States President Barack Obama for issuing the executive order aimed at combating global wildlife trafficking.
“My Government would like the US Government to engage with African governments in dialogue as they seek to map out the strategy,” he said.
Dr Scott said harmonisation of conservation efforts within the region through such initiatives as the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation area was important.