Victory for environmentalists, as Zimbabwe has finally banned China from mining coal in their biggest National Park…
And China’s reaction to the decision is unexpected, to say the least…
After the decision to allow China to look for fossil fuels in Hwange National Park was overturned.
Which is home to over 40,000 elephants and hundreds of other species.
And cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem.
With it being one of the largest mammals in the world, elephants are greatly respected in many different cultures.
And elephants are usually spotted in groups of around 6 or 7 females, and they are known to join other groups of elephants to form a larger group.
As a result of human activity, both Asian and African elephants are now listed as endangered, with fewer than 50,000 left in both the wild and captivity.
The first is poaching – they are relentlessly poached for their ivory tusks.
As urbanization, industrial development, and agricultural expansion increase, elephants’ habitats are shrinking rapidly.
Providing these elephants with the environment and care that they deserve.
And the likes of anti-poaching campaigns, breeding programs, and wildlife organizations have been helping replenish the population of these majestic creatures.
They have gone back on their initial decision to allow China to look for fossil fuels in the area.
Leading to the Zimbabwean Environmental Law Association threatening legal action.
As it would be performed without an impact assessment certificate.
Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said: “Steps are being undertaken to immediately cancel all mining titles held in national parks.”
The country still relies heavily on coal for energy, and mining in the national parks of Zimbabwe is a “widespread” problem.
“There is gold and diamond mining going on in several national parks across the country, it’s not just in Hwange. That’s a major threat to biodiversity and to tourism. It’s an economic issue, you cannot just rely on mining, you need to leverage on other sectors such as tourism.”
China is thought to be understanding of Zimbabwe’s choice to ban mining.
The South African country has struggled for many years, and the money mining brings in is essential.
Gaining travellers from all over the globe to see wildlife and beautiful scenery.
Keep scrolling for more conservation news, and the all-female rangers protecting their animals from poachers…