Southern Africa to get transfrontier park

2012-03-15 18:23

Johannesburg - Five nations have agreed to launch the world's largest international conservation area to protect nearly half of Africa's elephants and a vast range of animals, birds and plants, many of them endangered by poaching and human encroachment.

At a ceremony in Namibia on Thursday government ministers from Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe put their official seal on a transfrontier treaty set to combine conservation in 36 nature preserves and surrounding areas.

The World Wildlife Fund says the countries will co-operate on measures to allow animals to roam freely across their borders over 440 000kmĀ², almost the size of Sweden.

The Kavango Zambezi area includes the Victoria Falls World Heritage site in Zimbabwe and Botswana's famed swampland of the Okavango Delta.

  • DavidLFaught - 2012-03-15 18:57

    No mentioning of Rhino's being slaughtered freely though and if one country can't even control that what is this statement worth the paper it is written on?

  • zeyad.vangreuning - 2012-03-15 19:22

    What a awsome gesture of giving back some of nature to the Animals

  • Jean - 2012-03-15 19:22

    Sounds promising but I agree with David. Without really effective protection (including un-bribeable officials at all levels) for all the natural resources mentioned, it could simply mean more prey for the human villains.

  • Johan - 2012-03-15 20:01

    hell yes ... this is what we should do ... rhino's protected of course ...

  • Lee - 2012-03-15 20:03

    That's GREAT news for poachers. Let's hope some Animals are left to put in it.

  • Piet - 2012-03-15 20:11

    A money making scheme by the worlds most charming beggars. They wil beg for money from the west .......and then steal it!

  • JudithNkwe - 2012-03-15 20:32

    Ah yes I remember it well - when animals could go safely from place to place. But not now

  • Kaizer - 2012-03-15 20:41

    Asses can't even stop the poaching yet want to create something even more unmanageable

  • somersetmorkel - 2012-03-16 11:46

    It will be hard to control poaching and illegal immigrants from moving in and through this large area - more trouble coming.

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