Tourism industry in Mozambique has reached the elite group of defenders of nature by hosting a broad international conference on the subject.
Just over 500 national and foreign participants, including government representatives from around the world, organizations and figures linked to the tourism industry and environment protection confirmed for the International Conference on Nature-Based Tourism, taking place this month in the Africa country for the first time.
“The work that we have been doing in recent times to restore our flora and fauna, replenish the animals in our parks and reserves and control poaching has brought results in that we have natural capita, and the best we can do is to place this capital in terms of parks and reserves before the world,” conference spokesperson Nilza Chipe told to the local newspapers.
The International Conference on Nature-Based Tourism rotates annually among member countries of the Global Wildlife Program, a global partnership led by the World Bank, which promotes nature conservation and sustainable development and combats the illegal wildlife trade.
Experts considered that this conference is one of the largest wildlife conservation meeting in the world, bringing people and institutions together every year to wildlife conservation and the fight for gains for local communities.
Africa as a vast continent that preserves gigantic territories of wild nature and wildlife is a hope for conservationists in a world in which the dangers facing the environment increase.
In Africa elephant and rhino poaching numbers remain at alarming levels. Conservationists estimate that, currently, more elephants in Africa are being killed than born. Despite an increase in ivory seizures and a declining number of elephants being killed for their tusks over the past five years, at least 20,000 elephants were killed in 2015 alone, according to data collected by the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species.
The black rhino remains critically endangered; in countries such as Kenya, they have been gathered in sanctuaries and are guarded by armed wildlife rangers.
China, one of the world’s biggest markets for ivory and rhino horn, began enforcing an ivory ban on January 1, 2018, but new frontiers for the illicit trade in Asia continue to emerge, experts said.