WECSZ and CATS – PRESS NOTICE
14th June 2022
The Livingstone-based Conservation and Tourism Society (CATS) and The Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia (WECSZ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which provides a solid foundation for deeper cooperation and coordination between the two Societies in pursuit of their respective aims and objectives.
The MoU sets out a framework for the establishment of a long-term and effective partnership between the two Societies in order jointly to foster innovation and activities concentrated in the following areas in particular:
- Promoting the appreciation, economic value and importance of conservation;
- Environmental education and conservation awareness;
- Promoting links between biodiversity conservation and livelihoods; and,
- Sustainable tourism development.
To facilitate the achievement of these objectives the two Societies are already in the process of setting up a joint office in Livingstone which will be hosted by the South Dambwa Community Business Unit (SDCBU) which is in the forefront of Human/Elephant Conflict (HEC) mitigation in Livingstone.
WECSZ President Mr Joseph Chikolwa stressed that:
“We champion the harmonious co-existence of humans and nature through knowledge and practical conservation of Zambia’s ecosystems.”
Alec Cole, Founder and Chair of CATS, added that:
“Especially as a relatively young organisation, CATS greatly welcomes the opportunity to work closely with WECSZ towards the realisation of our shared objectives and for the benefit the Livingstone community as a whole.”
WECSZ and CATS BACKGROUND
CATS is a Livingstone-based non-profit organisation whose mission is to create a tourism environment in the City and its immediate environs which is economically, environmentally and socially inclusive and sustainable, and where there is zero human/animal conflict, through the understanding and compatible protection of the needs of Livingstone’s people, fauna and flora; and to match these to the requirements of both international and domestic tourists and the resident community as a whole.
WECSZ is a charitable, membership-based non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting environmental and conservation issues at all levels of community. WECSZ envisions an environmentally responsible Zambia benefiting from balanced and well maintained ecosystems. The Society champions a harmonious co-existence of humans and nature through knowledge and practical conservation of Zambia’s ecosystems.
WECZ and CATS CONTACTS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Mr Patrick Shawa Mr Alastair Newton
National Coordinator Secretary