President Emmerson Mnangagwa has underscored the need for the global community to consider the voices and concerns of countries which are successfully conserving the elephant species.
Speaking at the Africa Elephant Summit in the resort town of Kasane, Botswana today, President Mnangagwa said poverty eradication in rural communities can only be enhanced if countries are allowed to trade and benefit from the elephants.
He revealed that Zimbabwe has since increased to about 26 percent, the area where wildlife conservation is recognised as a viable land use option.
The President reiterated that the Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) will be reinvigorated to reduce the human-elephant conflict in the respective areas.
Cde Mnangagwa commended the Southern African region for championing the development of the Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) which seeks to ensure the ecological connectivity for the survival of elephants.
He urged the region to speak with one voice for the best interests of its people at the forthcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa has returned home from Kasane, Botswana where he attended the Africa Elephant Summit.