- Goal Diggers
- Guest Diggers
Donors funding Zambia’s wildlife sector – WWFBy Natasha Sakala on 28 Oct 2019
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says donors are heavily funding Zambia’s wildlife sector while the government does little to develop the industry.
And the WWF has called for the proper utilisation of the country’s wildlife resources to bring an economic return for the country.
WWF Zambia country director Nachilala Nkombo, in an interview, protecting conservation parks would promote tourism in the country.
“Not enough is being done. Most of the funding that goes to the protection of wildlife is coming from donors, we ourselves as a country are not putting enough to protect the areas, to make sure that the animals are protected and we can maximize the tourism potential. Right now as a country, we have a huge debt that is in foreign currency, so if we promoted tourism, it means income that is coming in form of forex (foreign exchange) that can help us come out of this debt burden,” Nkombo said.
She said the WWF would lobby the government to find ways of leveraging the country’s tourism potential.
“Yes we are lobbying them [government], we are pushing them. Last week, we were meeting with the PS and we said ‘look, it doesn’t make sense for us to have so many wildlife resources but we are not maximising and leveraging on their economic potential’. A place like Rwanda, a small country that doesn’t have as many wildlife species as we do, last year made over $19 million just from guerilla tourism. [For] us, we have got lions, we have got elephants, we have got everything. God gave us everything but we are not putting in the investment that is needed to protect those animals and bring an economic return for the country. And secondly, the current business model where some national parks are making money but they are not able to retain enough of what they make to maintain the national parks, I think this has to change. Those are some of the views we have expressed to the government,” Nkombo said.
Meanwhile, Nkombo has cautioned the government against destroying the country’s natural resources while pursuing its infrastructure development path.
“So, as a country, two biggest drivers to climate change are around deforestation. You know as a country, we have a need for infrastructure but when we lose those trees at the level at which we are losing them, then we disturb the natural system that creates rainfall that helps us protect our water resources. So we need to have balanced development, we need to make sure that indeed we have infrastructure but it should not be at the cost of natural infrastructure because some natural infrastructure supports life. We need trees for oxygen, we need trees for water as well, and it’s part of the whole system that was actually created,” said Nkombo.
“Secondly, our agricultural practices are still unsustainable…we need to revolutionize our food system, we need to wake up to the fact that there is now a new context that we are operating. Agriculture cannot be business as usual, we need to make sure that investments in terms of agriculture support for smallholder farmers go directly into scaling up conservation agriculture, climate smart agriculture. We can’t be doing the same things we used to do before when we had lots of water, now we have less water so we need to have efficient ways in terms of using, managing and sharing the water resources. We need to have efficient ways of using land. We cannot be opening up pieces of land and then productivity does not go up because we are still using the same old methods.”
About Natasha Sakala
Natasha Sakala draws inspiration from people who stand up for what is right. She is very versatile and likes to bring out issues as they are.
Email: natasha [at] diggers [dot] news
- Coronavirus forces Lusaka’s Taj Pamodzi Hotel to close - 26 Mar 2020
- Court revokes arrest warrants issued against Kamanga, 5 others - 26 Mar 2020
- Legana sausage didn’t have foreign matter, health inspector tells court - 26 Mar 2020
- Pick n Pay manager narrates how Kopakopa complained after buying Legana sausage - 25 Mar 2020
- Nakacinda on campaign to malign UPND for rejecting Bill 10 – Kakoma - 24 Mar 2020
- Cabinet debates total lockdown (16,705 views)
- Let’s sympathise with Lungu and help him, or we will all perish! (12,591 views)
- COVID-19 cases rise to 29 (8,676 views)
- Zambia’s economy will take years to recover from Coronavirus - Siliya (3,359 views)
- Chitalu announces 6 more Covid-19 cases (2,831 views)
Subscribe for news email alerts
ArchivesApr0 PostsMay0 PostsJun0 PostsJul0 PostsAug0 PostsSep0 PostsOct0 PostsNov0 PostsDec0 Posts
- «March 2020»
- March 2020
- February 2020
- January 2020
- December 2019
- November 2019
- October 2019
- September 2019
- August 2019
- July 2019
- June 2019
- May 2019
- April 2019
- March 2019
- February 2019
- January 2019
- December 2018
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
- COVID-19 cases rise to 29
- We’ve started mobilizing funds to fight COVID-19 – Ng’andu
- Justice Without Remedy? A Comment on the Constitutional Court Judgment in the Case of Kambwili v Attorney General
- Philosophy & Homosexuality
- Let’s sympathise with Lungu and help him, or we will all perish!
- Cabinet debates total lockdown
- What will be Mr Lungu’s achievements by 2021?
- Chitalu announces 6 more Covid-19 cases
- Zambia’s economy will take years to recover from Coronavirus – Siliya
- LCC not ready for COVID-19, says Mayor
- COVID-19 cases rise to 22
- Topstar removes Prime TV from its platforms
The News Diggers
Deputy News Editor
Send this to a friend