The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has urged Zambia and Zimbabwe to conserve the Victoria Falls to ensure that the local communities benefit from the world heritage site.
“How we approach sustainable tourism in world heritage sites destination
is very important. Tourism needs to be managed sustainably for local
communities to realise the benefits and conserve world heritage sites,”
Victoria Falls is one site that attracts the largest number of tourists in Zambia.
Earlier, National Heritage Conservation Commission chief executive
officer Collins Chipote said Zambia and Zimbabwe are working to ensure
that the value of the Victoria Falls are preserved as a world heritage
He said there is need to invest in human resource to sustain Africa’s
heritage endangered by environmental and anthropogenic factors,
inadequate legislative and administrative framework.
“Just as we pay attention to the conservation needs of the sites, we
also need to bear in mind that local people should benefit from the
site,” he said.
Mr Chipote said the workshop was timely as it will strengthen capacity
of site managers and staff in promoting sustainable tourism at the
Victoria Falls and ensure its universal value is preserved.
Officiating at the function, Livingstone mayor Milford Mambo said
Livingstone is an active model of sustained tourism taking into
cognisance that the Victoria Falls attracts thousands of tourists
“Zambia and Livingstone in particular, is endowed with a wide range of
natural and cultural heritage resources that are under threat, hence the
need for training to equip site managers and staff in the best ways of
conserving these resources,” he said.
Source: Conserve Vic Falls says UNESCO (29/01/15)