Capitalk Reporter/The Herald |  1 month ago | local
Zimbabwe is appealing to the European Union to assist in having the unilateral ban on ivory
and rhino horn trade imposed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species (CITES) lifted.
Speaking to some European ambassadors who toured the ZimParks ivory stockpile yesterday,
ZimParks Director-General, Dr. Fulton Mangwanya said unlocking the value of the stockpile
will enable the implementation of the National Elephant Management Plan which covers the
conservation measures and initiatives aimed at enhancing the protection of elephants inside
protected areas, where approximately 90 percent of the population is found and also in
Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) areas
where the remainder roams wild and free.
Dr. Fulton Mangwanya made an impassioned plea on the need to have the CITES ban lifted.
He said the desire is for Zimbabwe to remain a shining example of successful and sustainable
elephant conservation in the whole world.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Ambassador of Switzerland to Zimbabwe, Zambia,
and Malawi, Mr. Niculin Jager, said the country has a rich biodiversity and they were keen to
continue providing support for the conservation of it.
Mr. Niculin Jager said the conservation and prevention of illegal wildlife trade is an
international issue because of the involvement of criminal syndicates in illegal wildlife trade
hence there is a need to strengthen international cooperation.
The country is sitting on more than 136 tonnes of ivory and rhino horns worth over US$600
million, which ironically, Zimbabwe is spending resources protecting 24/7 without unlocking
any value. If the ivory and rhino horn stockpiles are to be sold, the money generated could be
used to support sustainable wildlife conservation for 20 years.