By Tendai Guvamombe
Deputy Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Zimbabwe Honourable Barbara Rwodzi this week joined other ministers from the Republic of Mozambique and South Africa in celebrating the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCA’s) 20th Anniversary in Mozambique.
On the 9th of December 2002, the three heads of state for Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe signed a Treaty that enabled the management of this landscape as an integrated unit across the three international borders, which Treaty gave birth to the Great Limpopo TFCA.
The establishment and development of Transfrontier Conservation Areas was and is still recognised as the best mechanism appropriate for the conservation and sustainable utilisation of natural resources beyond national boundaries.
Speaking during the engagement, Honourable Rwodzi said conservation arrangement is an ideal approach to achieve sustainable conservation and utilization of natural resources across nations.
“The establishment and development of Transfrontier Conservation Areas was and is still recognised as the best mechanism appropriate for the conservation and sustainable utilisation of natural resources beyond national boundaries.”
The Great Limpopo TFCA has been affected by landmines during the liberation war era and has been making it difficult to make strides in advancing wildlife and movement of tourists.
This has been affecting Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
“These landmines made it impossible for both wildlife and tourists to move freely from one country to another within the Great Limpopo TFCA landscape. With the TFCA initiative’s emphasis being on free and seamless movement of tourists and wildlife within the landscape, today we can boldly say, strides have been made in the demining exercise along our borders.”
The latest engagement overlooked at ways to overcome various challenges and also reflecting on a number of positive strides attained under the banner of the TFCA initiative.
TFCA initiative was signed on 9th December 2002 by three heads of states for Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. This was an integrated unit across the three international borders.