The handover event in support of the Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE)

On 1 September 2022, H.E. Mr. MIZUUCHI Ryuta, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, and Hon. Rodney Sikumba, Minister of Toursim, jointly held the handover ceremony of a project titled the “Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE)”. This project was funded by the Government of Japan in cooperation with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The amount of support for this project is USD 76,798. 

The purpose of this project is a new scout base and entrance gate on the eastern boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park along with improved access to enhance the protection and management of the park, thereby reducing human-wildlife conflict and risks associated with poaching. 

“Let me assure you that the Government of Japan is committed to working with Zambia and the international community in combating illegal trade in wild fauna and flora as shown by this contribution to Lower Zambezi. On the occasion of CITES COP19 to be held in Panama in November this year, we will make our utmost hand in hand with Zambia and other friends in Africa to achieve the objective of protecting endangered wild fauna and flora from excessive international trade from the perspective of 'sustainable use' based on scientific data.” said H.E. Mr. MIZUUCHI Ryuta, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia.

To read the speech by Ambassador MIZUUCHI at this ceremony, please click here.