Project Launch of Collaborative Research in Agriculture Planning, Ecosystem Security and Wildlife Conservation

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The Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry together with ZimParks launched a
project on Collaborative Research in Agriculture Planning, Eco-system Security and Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe at Meikles Hotel in Harare.

A landmark event which witnessed the tripartite occurrence of rare and elevating activities in the form of:

1) donation of anti-poaching and research drones,laptop and projector,

2)the signing of the Memorandum Agreement (MOA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which is an absolute conservative bound marriage among the three entities (Sino-Africa Joint Research Center,Chinese Academy of Sciences and ZimParks and

3)enlightening academic research presentations.The presentations, as we have heard included highlights and nuggets of the forthcoming research and expected output of the collaborative thematic areas in Agriculture planning,ecosystem security and wildlife conservation.

The first two based entities share a common thrust in their visions with ZimParks which is mandated,by the Zimbabwean Government to conserve all wildlife within and outside the Parks Estates.To achieve its mandate ZimParks harnesses scientific research to inform all its activities and 5 year strategic plan (2019-2023) objectives such as conservation of biodiversity,protection of wildlife resources, tourism and marketing among others.One of the missing links in this process has been the need to embrace technology,such as the use of drones,to enhance effectiveness in bringing deliverables on the conservation spectrum.

Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry during the project launching ceremony,the Permanent Secretary of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Mr Munesushe Munodawafa said that the existence of these Memorandum of Understanding will reinforce and cement not only relations between and among the 3 organisations, concerned communities, but also all the conservation partners absent and here present in China and Zimbabwe.

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