By Victoria Phiri
Vice-President Guy Scott has called on cooperating partners to help fund law enforcement and scientific research for effective wildlife management in Zambia.
He said inadequate financial resources had crippled law enforcement operations to curb poaching.
Dr Scott was speaking when he officiated at the 2011 wetland season survey of elephants and other large mammals in the Luangwa Valley.
He said although Government was committed to funding wildlife research and monitoring programmes, the task required support from stakeholders and partners.
He hailed Conservation Lower Zambezi, Elephant Without Borders and African Parks Network for responding to Government‘s call for support in the 2013 aerial surveys of some game management areas and national parks.
“The Government will continue supporting these kinds of partnerships, therefore, the Government is encouraging stakeholder participation in most sectors, including the wildlife sector,” Dr Scott said.
He said the Government also intended to increase photographic tourism activities in the national park through infrastructure development.
‘Building on the recently held UNWTO General Assembly co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe, Government is aiming to increase photographic tourism activities,” Dr Scott said.
Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo said without consistent monitoring, it was impossible to market wildlife-based tourism because of the lack of certainty in stocks and their condition.
She said regular and periodic monitoring of wildlife was one of the pillars of good practice in wildlife management. More....