Tanzania and Zambia ink pact to protect Miombo woodlands

Ancient Woodland
Ancient Woodland

Tanzania and Zambia have signed an agreement to collectively protect Miombo woodlands, the key habitats of African elephants, rhinos, giraffes and other diverse wildlife in the two countries, a senior official said. woodland
Tanzania’s Minister on Natural Resources and Tourism Lazaro Nyalandu disclosed this on Monday night soon after awarding journalists who won this year’s wildlife conservation and tourism competition awards organized by the Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa).
Nyalandu and his counterpart, Zambia’s Lands and Natural Resources Minister Christabel Ngimbu sealed the pact in Dar es Salaam on Monday for the collective protection of Miombo woodlands, Swahili word for Brachystegia, which are home to some 8,500 plant species, over 300 of which are trees.
The official said in recent years the woodlands are overwhelmed with a number of challenges including human induced activities for agriculture, ranching and charcoal production.
The minister said illegal hunting, especially for rhino horn and elephant ivory, are also major threats to this unique environment.
“Under the new agreement, the two countries will work together to protect wildlife resources living in the Miombo woodlands, including elephants and other wild animals,” he said.
Around 2.4 million square kilometers of the Miombo woodlands span across parts of Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
He however implored the need for involving local people living around the national parks, particularly those who are wildlife management areas (WMAs) in protecting wildlife resources.
“As a ministry, we have organized a WMA convention, which will be held between July 2 and 4 this year in Arusha,” he said, adding that the convention will provide good platform for participants to extensively discuss on how active participation of local people in conservation and how they can benefit out of it. Enditem

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