Anti-poaching boost for Zimbabwe as Japan partners Zimparks

Anti-poaching boost for Zimbabwe as Japan partners Zimparks
Published: 21 May 2018 (3582 Views)
Japan has partnered the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in its quest to curb the illegal killing if elephants.

In a move that has been recommended by Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species (CITES), Japanese ambassador, Toshiyuki Iwado handed over a strategic Anti-Poaching Operations Centre located in the Chewore Safari Area.

 "The centre serves as a post for field rangers conducting operations, and has significantly strengthened the Wildlife Management Authority's capacity to address current and emerging threats impacting this important site of the CITES ‘MIKE' programme to monitor levels of illegal killing of elephants."

The Chewore Safari Area, a World Heritage Site, is one of the last truly wild ecosystems left in the world.

Chewore faces a real threat from poaching and, in recent years, elephants have come under increasing pressure.

In 2016, seven elephants were poached between January and July in this area alone.

"The capability of the Zimbabwe authorities in keeping surveillance over, and preventing elephant poaching in the area has been enhanced through the establishment of the Centre, allowing for better and more secure planning and management of patrol activities by the rangers," CITES' said in a statement.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Japan Ambassador to Zimbabwe said the Asian giant is committed to conservation.

"The illegal wildlife trade is an urgent global issue. Japan is deeply committed to the cause of protecting elephants from atrocious acts by international criminal organizations and others.

"Thus, Japan attaches great importance to supporting range states, such as Zimbabwe, in the fight against elephant poaching, including through the assistance via the CITES MIKE Programme", said Mr. Iwado.

"Japan continues to make utmost efforts in implementing the trade control of ivory under CITES, and to work together with our international partners to tackle the problem of elephant poaching."

The Anti-poaching Operations Centre was established at a cost of USD 60,000. It has been operational since October 2017.

Receiving the donation, Zimparks Director Conservation Arthur Musakwa said; "Today we are witnessing an initiative that demonstrates the importance of collaborative work and all interested parties are bringing to conservation. This facility we are celebrating today plays an important role in easing patrol operations in the sub-region."

- Byo24News

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Knox Mutizwa wins August Goal of the Month award

by kickoff | 05 November 2018 | 1007 Views

BREAKING: Gandawa on the run

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1949 Views

Econet cannot distribute Kwese TV content to Zimbabwean viewers

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1480 Views

Shoot-out robbers arrested

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1498 Views

Mnangagwa ally warns economic saboteurs

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1443 Views

Chamisa mobilises supporters for mass protests

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1236 Views

LISTEN: Acie Lumumba speaks on how he got paid

by Staff Reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1017 Views

Dzamara speak on Zanu-PF fights

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 984 Views

Minister Raj Modi Modi donates salary

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 839 Views

'I am a Trillionaire' Magaya says

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 1349 Views

Supermarkets to be blacklisted over cooking oil

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 809 Views

UK army to recruit from Commonwealth

by BBC | 05 November 2018 | 896 Views

Magaya opens up on arrest

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 903 Views

Kambarami is still 'Deputy Mayor'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 749 Views

'Import ban must not go beyond December 21'

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 831 Views

Prophet Magaya puts fresh spin to arrest

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 859 Views

Chamisa's sign language interpreters get thumps up

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 845 Views

Mnangagwa to review Mthuli Ncube's 2% tax again

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 812 Views

Lumumba to be probed by ZAAC?

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 593 Views

Dzamara speak on ZANU PF fights

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 560 Views

Zimbabwe as a new gateway into Africa

by Minister of Finance Prof Mthuli Ncube | 05 November 2018 | 828 Views

Chiwenga's ex-wife looted millions

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 1217 Views

We are our own worst enemies

by Mapozho Saruchera | 05 November 2018 | 875 Views

Mnangagwa to deal with unexplained wealth and bank deposits

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 797 Views

WATCH: Chiwenga talks about Prophet Walter Magaya's lipstick

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 787 Views

Lumumba Saga takes new twist....War vets bay for Mutsvangwa's blood

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 855 Views

Chamisa demands Presidency

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 745 Views

Zimbabwean teachers miss out on New Zealand opportunity

by Staff Writer | 05 November 2018 | 688 Views

Zimbabwe to introduce e-provisional driver's exams

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 737 Views

Zimbabwe to supply water to South Africa

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 735 Views

Mnangagwa claims that 'good times will soon roll'

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 699 Views

Zimbabwe as a new gateway into Africa

by Hon. Prof Mthuli Ncube | 05 November 2018 | 824 Views

Chiyangwa appoint Karikoga Kaseke

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 700 Views

ZCTU demo: Ruling today

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 652 Views

Missing cop found dead

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 796 Views

Tagwirei marries long-time girlfriend

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1240 Views

Zimbabwe relaxes maternity leave entitlement

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 759 Views

Zimbabwe to receive drugs, ambulances from India

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 682 Views