SOUTH AFRICA HOSTING MEETING OF SADC MINISTERS OF ENVIRONMENT, AQUACULTURE, TOURISM

PRETORIA, South Africa is hosting a joint meeting of Ministers responsible for Environment and Natural Resources, Fisheries and Aquaculture as well as Tourism from the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The meeting, which started on Monday, will end on Friday and will be followed by a ministerial meeting on Nov 23 and 24. South Africa, which is currently chairing the SADC, convened this meeting following the successful hosting of the SADC Summit in August 2017.

The meeting is hosted by the South African Ministers of Environmental Affairs, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as well as Tourism. More than 30 Ministers responsible for these sectors in the various SADC member States are in attendance.

The meeting is focusing on environment management, implementation of the SADC Law Enforcement and Anti-poaching Strategy, Trans-frontier Conservation Areas and will review the current status of the wildlife, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture and tourism sectors.

In 2010, the Ministers responsible for Environment and Natural Resources Management from SADC member States met in July 2010 at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and reviewed the performance of the environment and natural resources sectors, in line with the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and current global developments.

They stressed the importance of biodiversity and natural resources in supporting livelihoods, income generation, and poverty reduction at community level. They also noted progress made by member states in conserving wildlife, forests and management of fisheries resources.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK