Zambian leader to attend summit on elephants in Botswana


Zambian President Edgar Lungu will attend a summit on elephants next week in Botswana, a Zambian diplomat said on Thursday.

The Zambian leader will be in Botswana on May 7 to attend the Elephant Summit at the invitation of his Botswana counterpart, Mokgweetsi Masisi, according to Goodwell Lungu, Zambia’s deputy high commissioner to Botswana.

The summit will, in addition to reviewing the current status of elephants, also tackle issues of management priorities in addressing human-elephant conflict, law enforcement and sustainable funding mechanism, the diplomat said in a press release.

The gathering will be attended by heads of government from the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), which comprises five countries in the southern African region, he added.

The five countries are Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The conservation area supports the largest surviving elephant population in the world, currently estimated to exceed 210,000, according to the release. Enditem

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