600k USD Zim, China conservation deal unveiled

BY ZBC Reporter
Zimbabwe is scaling up efforts to improve wildlife conservation and ecosystem security after the unveiling of a 600 thousand US dollar project in partnership with the Chinese Academy for Sciences in Harare this Sunday.
The collaborative research in agricultural planning, ecosystem security, and wildlife conservation project is meant to improve research in wildlife and other aspects of natural resource management.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Munesushe Munodawafa said the project is in line with government’s thrust to conserve wildlife.
Sino Africa Joint Research Director Professor Wang Qingfeng highlighted the need to adopt a scientific approach in wildlife conservation.
“We need to adopt a scientific approach to wildlife conservation. To create an ecosystem where all elements coexist in harmony, we need to follow the laws of nature, base our efforts on scientific planning and adopt a holistic approach to conservation,” said Prof Wang.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Director-General Mr. Fulton Mangwanya said cooperation between the Chinese Academy for Sciences and the National Parks will help improve technology and systems used in research and monitoring.
“I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to the Chinese Academy of Sciences for this initiative to promote cooperation in scientific research, technology application, capacity building, and innovation,” Mr. Mangwanya said.
Meanwhile, the government is calling on other conservation partners and stakeholders to come on board with similar arrangements and achieve sustainable development.
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority received donations that include drones and projectors at the same event.