Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) member countries’ senior officials are meeting in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to deepen cooperation in trans-boundary natural resource management and promotion of sustainable tourism in the region which host about 70% of the global elephants’ population.

Senior officials from Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are attending the high level KAZA TFCA Joint Management Committee meeting aimed at fostering sound wildlife resources management and harmonization of strategies in conservation efforts.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) Director General, Mr Fulton Mangwanya highlighted that the regional initiative remains critical in promoting sustainable utilisation of the vast wildlife resources for the benefit host communities.

“We are so excited to be hosting the KAZA meeting and we are hopeful that the platform will afford us an opportunity to strengthen cooperation in conversation and maintaining of biodiversity integrity,” he said.

As a result of the successful rollout of the KAZA univisa project implemented by Zambia and Zimbabwe, other member countries are also exploring strategies on how to boost tourists traffic in the region.

The meeting also comes at a time there are reports that Botswana is on the verge of joining the univisa initiative.

KAZA TFCA comprises 20 national parks, 85 forest reserves, 22 conservancies, 11 sanctuaries and 103 game management areas.