By Patricia Mbewe
Tourism and Arts Minister Ronald Chitotela has lifted the ban on capture and translocation of wildlife from national parks to community and private game ranches which was effected on October 2nd 2019
The minister has also assured the nation that, within the course of next month, the wildlife management licensing committee will be appointed and will be operational.
Announcing the development at a media briefing in Lusaka today, Mr. Chitotela said after further investigation, it became apparent that there was total lack of engagement and consultation with stakeholders hence creating mistrust and suspicion by the local communities surrounding protected areas as well as the general citizenry.
He said the ban affected the delivery of government programs in wildlife conservation and tourism promotion and had to be reviewed.
Mr. Chitotela said after the review, the ministry has put in place modalities and processes to include stakeholder consultations.
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