The Zambia wildlife Authority (ZAWA) says it will not allow untrained tour guides to operate in protected areas this year.
Acting ZAWA Director General Kombe Kampamba says the authority will enforce the ZAWA Act which entails that all tour guides in protected areas are trained in order to effectively protect the wildlife resource in the country.
Mr. Kampamba notes that ZAWA was in the past reluctant to enforce the Law but stated that more personnel were trained saying it is important that this Law will be obligatory.
He has also advised all tour operators to ensure that they employ trained personnel to enable gain practical experience.
He urged the operators to ensure they protect animals against poaching which is the biggest threat to wildlife.
And ZAWA director for Conservation Management James Milanzi says ZAWA is currently working with other stakeholders to ensure co-existence of wildlife and the local communities in Game Management Areas (GMAs).
Mr Milanzi says government has put up systems to ensure that ZAWA protects wildlife resources in GMAs.