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World’s Largest Conservation Area Established (Video)

World’s Largest Conservation Area Established (Video)

Five African countries have come together to establish a conservation area the size of Italy.

The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, or KAZA TFCA, spans five southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, centered around the Caprivi-Chobe-Victoria Falls area. It encompasses over 20 existing conservation areas and national parks.

Its goal is:

To sustainably manage the Kavango Zambezi ecosystem, its heritage and cultural resources based on best conservation and tourism models for the socio-economic wellbeing of the communities and other stakeholders in and around the eco-region through harmonization of policies, strategies and practices.

Building on previous initiatives, the difference with KAZA TFCA is that it is owned and led by the governments of the five partner countries, with a clear focus on conservation as the primary form of land use and tourism being a by-product thereof. The World Wildlife Fund’s experience is being drawn on to ensure local communities benefit from conservation.

Coordination and pooling of resources will help in the battle against poaching.

Linking the areas up is meant to allow animals, such as its 325,000 elephants, to return to their natural migration routes along protected corridors.

There are a number of other transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs), including three across the US/Canadian border and one is being discussed joining the Big Bend National Park in the United States with the Maderas del Carmen and Cañon de Santa Elena protected areas in Mexico. Several others in Southern Africa are being developed.

Watch the video by Peace Parks Foundation about the Simalaha Community Conservancy — the first of its kind in Zambia — and one of the critical steps towards realizing the dream of the world’s largest contiguous game area.

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Image screengrab Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area website

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6:23AM PST on Nov 6, 2012

EARTH CRY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jppmMcjgWS0

"The Earth is not only an environment. "She" is "Us". Her trees are our lungs, and her waterways are our circulatory system. Her cry reflects the cry of our own species as we disrespect, destroy and exploit one another. "We" are the generation that has perpetuated the practices that have created the deterioration of our Holy Mother Earth, and we stand accused. In this song, the voices of our children plead and demand for restoration of the planet. There is only one force that is capable of achieving what they now ask of us..."

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9:59PM PDT on May 19, 2012

This is wonderful.

10:28AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

I hope it works! :)

8:40PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Awesome news! Hope it works!

7:46PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Sounds like wonderful news, I do hope it can work.

2:17PM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

Fantastic but PLEASE make this work! The future for our planets wildlife cannot afford to be let down, theres no time for failure

9:02AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Beautiful, hopefully the GOP never gets a chance to ruin it.

7:55PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Absolutely awesome. Go Africa!

7:54AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

I hope it works and doesn't just make poaching easier

6:06PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

This sounds great. I hope it will work.

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