Southern African leaders to review progress of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area

Southern African leaders to review progress of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area


Southern African leaders will meet this week to review and track progress in the establishment and development of Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA).

KAZA is the largest land based TFCA in the world, covering about 520,000 km2 and is located in parts of the Okavango and Zambezi river basin regions of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The KAZA TFCA was forged through the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in 2006 which culminated in the KAZA TFCA Treaty. 

The Heads Of State Summit, which will take place in Livingstone, Zambia on Friday will also help reset priorities in anticipation of evolving challenges and reposition KAZA TFCA to better leverage existing and emerging opportunities. 

“Central to the summit is a shared desire to build the resilience of the people and biodiversity and strengthening institutional arrangements in pursuit of the KAZA TFCA vision and objectives,” said the organisers.

“Broadly, the summit will aim at reaffirming the political commitment to regional cooperation and integration in the further development of KAZA TFCA.”

The KAZA TFCA mission is to sustainably manage the Kavango Zambezi ecosystem, its heritage and cultural resources based on the best conservation and tourism models for the socio-economic well-being of the communities and other stakeholders in and around the eco-region through harmonisation of policies, strategies, and practices.

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