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Southern Africa launches biggest conservation area

Southern Africa launches biggest conservation area

Five nations have agreed to launch the world's largest international conservation area to protect nearly half of Africa's elephants and a vast range of animals, birds and plants, many of them endangered by poaching and human encroachment.
At a ceremony in Namibia on Thursday government ministers from Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe put their official seal on a transfrontier treaty set to combine conservation in 36 nature preserves and surrounding areas.
The World Wildlife Fund says the countries will cooperate on measures to allow animals to roam freely across their borders over 170,000 square miles (440,000 square kilometers), almost the size of Sweden.
The Kavango Zambezi area includes the Victoria Falls World Heritage site in Zimbabwe and Botswana's famed swampland of the Okavango Delta.


Updated : 2021-10-27 08:37 GMT+08:00