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Gvt complements acts governing the wildlife sector

Government has approved the Principles of the Parks and Wildlife Management Bill, which will broaden Parks the scope of the Parks and Wildlife Act [Chapter 20:14].

The Bill will also harmonise all other Acts governing the wildlife sector, including aligning it to the Constitution.

Speaking at a post cabinet briefing, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa said properties that were acquired by the Government on behalf of the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority will be provided for under the amended Act, which will also repeal the Quelea (Control) Act, the Rhodes Estates Act and the Trapping of Animals Act.

“Cabinet notes that the current Parks and Wildlife Act was last amended over two decades ago, and the proposed amendments will align the legislation to the prevailing socio-economic-politico environment, as well as make it adaptable to the ever-changing dynamics.

“The Act will be amended to provide for the sustainable utilisation and development of the wildlife sector as well as international best practices,” Mutsvangwa said.

In addition, the wildlife conservation legislative framework will be upgraded, with the enabling law being accordingly amended to take into account technological advances in order to ensure that poaching and other illegal activities are effectively dealt with.

“The consolidation of wildlife-related legislation into one Act will enable easier comprehension and efficiency in the management of wildlife,” she said.

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