zim wildlife.jpgA call has been made for both rural and urban communities to cherish natural resources and wildlife as an important investment in the country’s economic and social development.

 

 

The call was made in Harare at a symposium on the 2010 World Tourism Day theme of ‘Tourism and Biodiversity’.

 

At the symposium, it was revealed that although efforts have been taken to ensure that biodiversity is maintained through the establishment of sanctuaries and other protected wildlife areas as part of management, a lot still needs to be done especially by communities who live near conservancies.

 

Guest of Honour at the symposium who is the National Director of the Wildlife and Environment Management Zimbabwe, Dr Willie Nduku said Zimbabwe is endowed with vast natural resources which people as part of the ecosystem and biodiversity should be careful not to destroy.

 

eniva mutsau.jpgMinistry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Director Research, Mrs. Enivah Mutsau said: “The country is celebrating the Tourism Month against a background of best conservation strategies of campfire, where rural communities have control of the wildlife resources which is the envy of the region.”

 

The month of September has been declared the tourism month, with government promising to put in place necessary stimulus packages including funding to consolidate the growth of local tourism.

 

Zimbabwe is a family member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization and as such joins the global family in celebrating World Tourism Day on 27 September of every year.

 

This year the main celebrations and National Tourism Awards will be held in Victoria Falls on the 27th of September.