“This agreement reflects their dedication to enhanced cross-border protection, demonstrating international co-operation in the face of global environmental challenges,” reads a joint statement from the governments.
Spread across 18 515 square kilometres in the Zambezi River basin below Lake Kariba, the new conservation area encompasses vital conservation territories, including the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia and the Unesco World Heritage Site, Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.
It also comprises a variety of game and safari management areas, communal land, and conservancies. The Lower Zambezi-Mana Pools Transfrontier Conservation Area serves as a critical pathway for wildlife between the escarpment and the Zambezi River.
Peace Parks Foundation commended both governments for their “visionary commitment and leadership” in conservation and sustainable development.