By Ebbelet Tembenu
The Chairman for Natural Resources and Climate Change Committee, Werani Chilenga has said the committee implemented national and regional policies to advance conservation and combat wildlife environment crimes.
The program is being hosted by the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) through National Resources and Climate Change.
Speaking during a press briefing in Lilongwe, Chilenga (MP) said that African leaders assembled in Washington, United States of America to discuss on how they can improve policy frameworks and economic that strengthens natural resource governance and economic development with emphasizing on stopping poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking.
“Delegations committed to strengthening and harmonizing their wildlife management and other natural resource governance policies through increased parliamentary engagement, judiciary capacity- building and enhanced east African Community and Southern African development community,” he said.
Chilenga also explained that the delegations committed to engaging private sector stakeholders, NGOs and develop partners to support policy implementation and coordinate programs.
“The senior officials noted that increased parliamentary engagement and support would also improve accountability and transparency as African governments seeks to reign in the illegal take and trade in natural resources in their countries and regions,” said Chilenga.
The ICCF is replicating its successful caucus model in parliaments and congress around the globe educating caucus members in African and Latin American countries on issues of international conservation.
ICCF group brought together leading policymakers from eight African nations at a summit in Tanzania that resulted in the signing of the Arusha declaration of 2014 on Regional Conservation and combating wildlife or environmental crime and advance conservation in east and Southern Africa.