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Monday, 14 June 2021 07:52

12th Ministers Meeting Joint Communiqué

We, the Ministers responsible for the designated Discover the Kavango Zambezi - KAZA Tourism, Conservation, Safaris area across 5 countries of Angola, Bostwana, Namibia, Zambia and ZimbabweNational Implementing Agents or KAZA Coordinating Ministries, representing the Republics of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, met on a virtual call on 10 June 2021 to review progress and challenges experienced in developing KAZA into a world-class conservation area and premier tourism destination.

We reaffirmed our commitment to the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations and embrace our joint responsibilities as key policy and decision-makers for resource management stewardship in KAZA TFCA.

Our focus remains to facilitate the continuous active involvement and beneficiation of local communities in the protection and conservation of the pristine environment and biodiversity which forms the base of various economic opportunities and activities in the KAZA TFCA landscape.

We applauded the Republic of Botswana for performing the coordination role of KAZA TFCA from 2018 to 2020 and congratulated the Republic of Namibia for taking over the coordination role in 2020 at the height of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The smooth handover is a demonstration of our collective resolve and commitment to the KAZA TFCA vision and unity of purpose.

We noted significant progress made, and resolutions adopted in the following areas, among others:

  1. Project and programme development: progress in resource mobilisation, donor diversification, and new project development. We acknowledged the support of our various donors and implementation partners. We also resolved to address implementation delays compounded by the constraining COVID-19 operating environment.
  2. KAZA Univisa: we noted that roadshows had taken place, as well as ongoing internal processes within the Partner States of Angola, Botswana, and Namibia in preparing to rollout the KAZA Univisa.
  3. Sub-working groups: we approved the establishment of the following sub working groups:
    1. KAZA Elephants Sub Working Group to provide a platform for focused technical support to our transboundary efforts and engagements on the conservation and management of elephants as a keystone and flagship species for KAZA TFCA.
    2. Freshwater & Fisheries Sub Working Groups to ensure enhanced focus on risks to freshwater ecosystems and habitats, climate adaptation and mitigation, as well as fishery resources in KAZA TFCA.
  4. The two sub working groups will operate under the Conservation Working Group, providing platforms for the collaboration of Partner States and various stakeholders on relevant matters for consideration by KAZA TFCA structures.

  5. Second socio-economic survey: we approved a second phase of the survey which will build on the initial survey and provide a basis for impact monitoring in KAZA TFCA on targeted communities.
  6. KAZA wide aerial survey: we noted progress in planning and resource mobilisation for the first-ever synchronised and coordinated KAZA wide aerial survey of elephants (and other large herbivores), a key intervention of the strategic planning framework for the conservation and management of elephants which we approved in April 2019. The survey is one of the resolutions of the Kasane Elephant Summit of May 2019. We welcomed the support from our collaborators in this important undertaking led by the Partner States.

    The survey is supported in part by the Seattle-based Paul G. Allen Family Foundation as part of its ongoing legacy of providing data that inform solutions to wildlife conservation issues and the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW under the regional financing support to SADC for KAZA Phase III. We approved the appointment of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (Namibia) as grantee, on behalf of KAZA Partner States, with respect to support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

  7. Global COVID-19 pandemic: the pandemic created a constrained operating environment which affected project implementation, and we noted the following.
    1. Development of COVID-19 harmonised guidelines, protocols, and procedures for the KAZA TFCA tourism sector, supported by technical and financial support from the SADC/GIZ Transboundary Use and Protection of Natural Resources (TUPNR) project.
    2. Financial support from the Federal Republic of Germany, through KfW, with the first tranche of EUR 4 million for COVID emergency relief supporting projects across four Partner States, as well as bilateral support to the Republic of Namibia for the same purpose.
  8. ReconAfrica – oil and gas exploration. 

    We deliberated this matter and the Republic of Namibia’s position and clarifications were noted, importantly that no permit has been issued for unconventional development (fracking). 

    Partner States remain committed to environmental sustainability as well as domestic, regional and international policies and legislation in the management of shared ecosystems and resources. We committed ourselves to developing a common position on this matter at an appropriate time.


About KAZA TFCA Secretariat

The Discover the Kavango Zambezi - KAZA Tourism, Conservation, Safaris area across 5 countries of Angola, Bostwana, Namibia, Zambia and ZimbabweSecretariat was established in 2011 by the KAZA Partner States to manage the day-to-day operations of the TFCA. Its overall mandate is to facilitate the development of KAZA TFCA into a world-class conservation area and premier tourism destination. This mandate is executed under the guidance of the KAZA Partner States with support from development partners and a consortium of stakeholders.