Zambia to host Kavango-Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area Heads of State Summit


Zambia will host the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA) Heads of State Summit on May, 31, 2024, Tourism Minister, Rodney Sikumba has announced.

Sikumba said five Heads of State expected to be in attendance were from Zambia, Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Addressing a media briefing in Lusaka on Monday, the Minister said the summit would be held in Livingstone under the theme: “Leveraging KAZA’s natural capital and cultural heritage resources as catalysts for inclusive social economic development of the eco-region.”

He explained that the KAZA was a conservation initiative aimed at promoting biodiversity conservation, tourism development and community empowerment.

“It is one of the largest transboundary conservation areas globally, covering approximately 520, 000 square kilometers,” Sikumba stated.

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He said Zambia, the current coordinating country of KAZA, was honoured to host the summit expected to not only review progress but also serve as a platform to collectively set priorities for the future development of the eco-region.

Sikumba stated that the summit would aim at reaffairming high level political commitment to regional cooperation and integration in the further development of KAZA.

“A key objective is to review and track progress in the establishment and development of the TFCA since the partnership was formed through the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in 2006, which culminated into KAZA TFCA treaty of 2011,” he said.

Sikumba stated that the KAZA would be preceded by two days of technical deliberations and a Minister’s session.

He added that the deliberations would include strategies on sustainable management and utilisation of the landscaper’s natural, cultural and heritage resources.

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