Namibian President Hage Geingob, who is also Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), will attend an elephant conservation summit during a one-day working visit to Botswana, the Presidency said in a statement Monday.
At the official opening Monday, Namibia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta said the resolutions of the summit will be very important to assist the region to move forward as they will speak with one voice on issues of conservation, in particular elephant management.
Shifeta said that the involvement of local communities is crucial to ensure they benefit sustainably for co-existing and conserving elephants.
The summit brings together heads of state, ministers and regional integration bodies for the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area.
The summit is aimed to raise awareness on the current status of the African elephant as well to exchange ideas on the human-elephant conflict and trade of elephants and their parts.
The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area includes the following countries: Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Enditem