BLANTYRE (ZNBC) –Malawi and Zambia have signed the Transfrontier Conservation Area Treaty that seeks to protect Wildlife along the border shared by the two countries.
President Peter Mutharika and his Zambian counterpart Edgar Lungu signed the agreement in Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, Mutharika said Zambia and his country share the same ecosystem adding that the Treaty will help the two countries use their common natural resources such as wildlife to the benefit of the people
President Lungu said the plunder of natural resources such as the Mukula tree for export to Asian countries should be stopped.
Lungu stressed that Zambia and Malawi should not allow the wanton destruction of forestry.
He explained that it is the forestry that anchors wildlife which should be protected for the enhancement of tourism.
Meanwhile, Former Mozambican President Joachim Chisano who is currently deputy chairperson of the Peace Parks Foundation said Africa is losing 3,000 elephants and about 1,000 Rhinos annually through organised criminal gangs.
A representative of the Germany government Katrin Pfeiffer says her government will provide the initial 20 million dollars towards the project.
And Earlier in the morning, President Lungu and Mr. Chisano met at Sanjika Park, the residence of Malawi President Professor Mutharika.