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Sino-Zimbabwe anti-poaching initiative.

It was announced in September that China and Zimbabwe would embark on a joint initiative--the Sino-Zim Wildlife Foundation--to assist the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in the fight against poaching. Speaking at the launch in Harare, Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri said the foundation would cement relations between both countries.

The primary aim of the foundation was to mobilise resources, train personnel and address challenges faced by Parks and Wildlife. Minister Muchinguri said Parks faced a myriad of problems, which include under-capitalisation and deteriorating conservation and infrastructural equipment.

Speaking at the same occasion, outgoing Chinese ambassador Mr. Lin said China was committed to help Zimbabwe protect its wildlife. "China is very serious and committed when it comes to wildlife protection", he said. "The Chinese people will make all efforts to assist Zimbabwe in the area of wildlife". This seems in line with recent Chinese policies intended to combat the illegal trafficking in wildlife products, specifically ivory.

Mr Lin said there were already some Chinese volunteers working with Zimbabwean authorities in Kariba on an anti-poaching exercise. He said die Chinese government and its people will continue to help develop die Zimbabwean economy in various ways. The Sino-Zim Wildlife Foundation founder Ms Li Song said wildlife in Zimbabwe was being threatened by international poachers.

"Sino-Zim Wildlife Foundation wdl coordinate efforts of China to mobilise support for conservation in Zimbabwe," she said. "We are going to work hard to resolutely fight poaching and illegal transportation and sale of animal products".

The Chinese volunteers in-country at the time of writing fall under the umbrella of China's Blue Sky Rescue team, winch acquitted itself very creditably earlier in the year in earthquake-stricken Nepal.

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Date:Jun 1, 2016
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