Government says nature based livelihoods and economies provide the best platform for the development of local communities and the country in general.
Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary (PS), Amos Malupenga, however, says Luano Game Management Area (GMA) has had no management regime to address various challenges to develop its potential for it to contribute to the economic development of the country.
The Permanent Secretary was speaking when he officiated at the launch of the General Management Plan for Luano Game Management Area (GMA) at Neempark Courtyard in Kabwe, Central Province.
“You will agree with me that Luano GMA has had no coherent management regime to systematically address the various challenges it faces and to develop the potential that it has to contribute to the economic development of this country,” Mr Malupenga said.
He said fortunately government through the Zambia Wildlife Act provides that protected areas should be managed in accordance with the general management plan.
The plan is intended to bring the aspirations of the local community in the Luano GMA and the developmental agenda of government together to uplift lives of the people and contribute to national development.
Mr Malupenga observed that the terrain remains the biggest challenge for the effective administration of Luano GMA.
He stated that the terrain has placed limitations on the accessibility of the area which has implications for the basic service provision, infrastructure development and establishment of sustainable livelihood.
“The other challenge is the illegal harvesting of the natural resources which include fish, wildlife, minerals and forestry products, “ Mr Malupenga said .
He has hailed the people of Luano for the resilience they have demonstrated during the formulation of the general plan amid immense challenges.
Meanwhile, Rufunsa District Commissioner, Judith Simwaka Chama, says Zambia is blessed country with abundance natural resources.
Ms Chama said has more animals than some of its neighbouring countries and urged Zambians to be able to make decisions that will benefit the future generations.
And Senior Chief Mboroma of Luano District has expressed delight at the launch of the general management plan.
The traditional leader said the document will help to grow and promote the wildlife based tourism in the Luano GMA.