SADC Ministers of environment, aquaculture meet
South Africa is hosting a joint meeting of SADC Ministers responsible for Environment and Natural Resources, Fisheries and Aquaculture as well as Tourism.
The meeting, which started on Monday, will end on Friday and will be followed by a ministerial meeting on 23 – 24 November 2017.
South Africa, which is currently chairing SADC, convenes this meeting following the successful hosting of the SADC Summit in August 2017.
The meeting is hosted by the South African Ministers of Environmental Affairs, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as well as Tourism.
More than 30 Ministers responsible for these sectors in the various SADC member states are in attendance.
The meeting focuses on environment management, implementation of the SADC Law Enforcement and Anti-poaching Strategy, Transfrontier Conservation Areas and will review the current status of the wildlife, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture and tourism sectors.
In 2010, the Ministers responsible for Environment and Natural Resources Management from SADC member states met on 16 July 2010 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
The Ministers reviewed the performance of the environment and natural resources sectors, in line with the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and current global developments.
The Ministers underscored the importance of biodiversity and natural resources in supporting livelihoods, income generation, and poverty reduction at community level. They also noted progress made by member states in conserving wildlife, forests and management of fisheries resources. – SAnews.gov.za