Tourism Minister RODNEY SIKUMBA says the number of well-trained officers to effectively protect Zambia’s wildlife is inadequate.
Mr. SIKUMBA was speaking when he graced the Special Pass out Parade for the Combined Forces-Anti-Poaching Training at Chunga Training School in the Kafue National Park.
He says the job cannot be left to the Ministry of Tourism alone, hence the selection and formulation of an elite task force that will be able to back-stop and supplement the efforts of the department.
Mr. SIKUMBA says the training was necessitated by the need to create a force that will be mentored towards one goal and form a single unit with different military backgrounds and expertise such as the officers contained in the group.
And, British High Commissioner to Zambia NICHOLAS WOOLLEY said there is need for a unified approach to wildlife conservation if Zambia is to realize positive anti-poaching results.
Mr. WOOLEY said at the COP26 summit earlier this month, the UK Prime Minister BORIS JOHNSON launched a new Biodiversity Landscape Fund that will provide 100 million Pounds over several years across 6 of the world’s most precious ecosystems, including the Kafue National Park and the wider KAZA region.
Meanwhile, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Director, CHUMA SIMUKONDA said there is need for a Statutory Instrument to actualize the National Anti-Poaching Task force.