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Zambian Parliamentary Caucus commits to fighting wildlife crime and illegal timber trade

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The Zambian Parliamentary Conservation Caucus in Washington
The Zambian Parliamentary Conservation Caucus in Washington

The Zambian Parliamentary Conservation Caucus (ZPCC) has reiterated its commitment to fighting wildlife crime and illegal timber trade. ZPCC Secretary Nickson Chilangwa says Zambia is determined to meet aspirations of the International Conservation Caucus Foundation ICCF group of protecting natural resources.

Mr. Chilangwa who is also Luapula Provincial Minister commended the ICCF group for organizing the Global Legislative Summit on National Parks and protected areas in Washington D.C. He said Government has put in place legislation to ensure that natural resources are protected. He said the Parliamentary Caucus has lobbied and influenced the adoption of three important pieces of legislation namely; The new Forest Policy Act, The National Parks Policy and The Wetland Policy.

The Minister further said parliamentarians uphold the vision to influence Policy and Legislation for environment sustainability as contained in the 2015 – 2020 strategic plan. Mr. Chilangwa said ZPCC has achieved a lot of success in the last five years such as the launch of the strategic plan and hosted similar caucuses in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Other field trips taken have been to Kafue wetlands, Bangweulu wetlands, and Sioma National Park.
Mr. Chilangwa said this in Washington D.C during a four-day summit organised by ICCF group. Mbabala Member of Parliament Ephraim Belemu, ICCF Group-Zambia Country Director Mulima Wamunyima were also part of the delegation.

And Mr. Belemu also commended Government for measures being undertaken to accelerate efforts of protecting natural resources particularly wildlife and forest. He said in the face of increased threats to national resources, parliamentarians are working at ensuring Zambia takes a leading role both at regional and global level in fighting the illegal timber trade and wildlife trafficking.

Leaders of the International Conservation Caucus (ICC) of the U.S Congress and the ICCF also exchanged experiences regarding the most important issues in countries on nature conservation, biodiversity, wildlife trafficking, natural parks and protected areas, community management, adaptation and mitigation to climate change, and the importance of good management of natural resources to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of each member country. They recognize that good management of natural resources is of vital importance for sustainable development, for long-term economic growth and for improving the quality of life of present and future generations.

This is according to a statement released by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations, Mr Cosmas Chileshe at the Zambian Mission in Washington D.C.

The Zambian Parliamentary Conservation Caucus in Washington
The Zambian Parliamentary Conservation Caucus in Washington

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  1. Before you start blowing HOT P.F, AIR, let us know who instructed staff using State House Vehicles to escort illegal Mukula?
    We NEVER will be duped by cover ups!!

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