Govt commends Safe Haven over wildlife protection

Written by  Faith Mwafulirwa

The Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture has commended the Operation Safe Haven project for providing security for the country’s wildlife as levels of poaching has been out of control in Liwonde National Park in 2004.

Elephants one of the most tourists attraction animals at  Liwonde National Park Elephants one of the most tourists attraction animals at Liwonde National Park
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The Minister responsible Kondwani Nankhumwa was speaking in Liwonde National Park during the official handover of Operation Safe Haven activities.

 

He said Operation Safe Haven has managed within a short time to remove deadly weapons from the park, among them over 10,000 wire snares which poachers use to trap Rhinos in the park.

Nankhumwa adds that government has signed a 20-year concession agreement with African Parks Network on Public Private Partnership arrangement for the management of Liwonde National Park as it is one of Malawi’s major tourist attractions.

 

The Minister emphasized that the park still remains a public entity but that it will only be run by a private company.

 

For his part, the founder of Operation Safe Haven Mark Hiley said wildlife are of national importance as it contributes over 70-percent of the world’s revenue.

 

He said having a background of making world life movies, he was disappointed to see how poachers where invading Liwonde National park when he visited Malawi as a tourist in 2012.

 

Hiley said in 2014 poaching was out of control in the park hence the need for such an intervention.

 

He said poachers rob the country its natural heritage which in turn infringe on the economy of the nation.

 

During the function, game rangers who performed well during the operation safe haven project where recognised.

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