By Tendai Guvamombe

Zimbabwe will become the second country in Africa to host the Conference of Parties on Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP15) in 2025. This will be held in the Majestic Town of Victoria Falls in July.

The Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. Zimbabwe is a signatory to the Treaty.

The Convention was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975.

A Signing Ceremony held between the Secretary General of Ramsar Dr Musonda Mumba and Zimbabwe’s Minister of Environment on Monday in Harare , affirmed Zimbabwe as the official host of COP15 on Ramsar Convention.

Speaking to the Press after the Signing Ceremony, Secretary General of the Ramsar Dr Musonda Mumba expressed delight to have Zimbabwe as the host of COP15.

“I am happy that Zimbabwe, a country from SADC where I come from will be hosting COP 25 on Ramsar. The journey has not been easy. Zimbabwe has done well through the presentations and consultations that were done in taking this considerable decision,” she said.

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Environment, Climate and Wildlife Hon Mangaliso Ndhlovu, hinted on Zimbabwe ‘s preparedness to host the high level Conference of Parties.

“As Zimbabwe we are really excited that COP15 is coming to us as the hosts. We will engage and take all the necessary steps in the build up of COP15,” he said.