The Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) partner countries have been commended for efforts in promoting sustainable tourism and effective conservation of the natural environment.
A group of German journalists who were on a 10 day-long familiarisation expedition of the KAZA TFCA member countries concluded their tour in Zimbabwe amid calls for the partnering countries to strengthen efforts in transboundary natural resource management.
The journalists who were representing different media organisations from Germany said the tour was an eye opener and highlighted the immense potential of the KAZA project in promoting sustainable tourism and transformation of the different communities co-existing with wildlife.
“It has been an amazing tour for most of us and we had an opportunity to appreciate the work being done in the region to effectively utilise the natural resources for the benefit of the communities,” said some of the journos.
Tourism industry players from the region and KAZA officials who graced the farewell dinner for the group of journalists which was organised by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) urged the media professionals to be true ambassadors and project some of the success stories about the transboundary initiative.
“It is our hope that the familiarisation tour was enlightening for you and that you did manage to get all the information which you wanted. We hope you will be true ambassadors of KAZA as you go back to your different stations,” said KAZA executive director Dr Nyambe Nyambe.
KAZA TFCA was established with a mandate to sustainably manage the Kavango Zambezi ecosystem, its heritage and cultural resources based on best conservation and tourism models for the socio-economic wellbeing of the communities.