Zambia, African parks sign MOU

 Zambia, African parks sign MOU

Zambia and African Parks have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will see the implementation of a Priority Support Plan for the protection and development of Kafue National Park.

The Priority Support Plan will increase technical and financial support for the park worth 3 million US dollars over a period of 12 months.

Tourism and Arts Minister Ronald Chitotela says the MoU will help Zambia to realize the potential of the Kafue National Park which is Zambia’s prime tourist destination and an internationally renowned wildlife sanctuary.

Mr Chitotela said it is essential that the country invests in the protection of wildlife and enhances the infrastructure for tourism.

He said the Priority Support Plan will see the collaboration between the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and African Parks set in motion activities in key priority areas over the ensuing 12 months.

And African Parks’ Chief Executive Officer, Peter Fearnhead, said the Kafue National Park is simply one of Africa’s best-known protected areas and one of the ten largest on the African continent.

Meanwhile Director of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, Chuma Simukonda, is elated that the MoU had been signed.

The Independent Observer

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