CHOMBA MUSIKA, Parliament
PARLIAMENT heard on Tuesday that collection of revenue from non-consumptive tourism activities increased from K54 million
in 2015, to K77 million last year, due to Government’s decision to transform the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) into a government department.
Minister of Tourism and Arts Charles Banda said as at December 2016, revenue from non-consumptive tourism activities in the national parks amounted to K77,069,464, compared to K54,723,410 in 2015.
He said the transformation of ZAWA into a government department has started yielding positive results.
Mr Banda said this when he presented a ministerial statement on the transformation of ZAWA into the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW).
“The K77,069,464 was generated from activities in the national parks such as photographic safaris, entry fees, concession fees and levies.
“Wildlife revenue was also generated from consumptive wildlife utilisation,” he said.
Mr Banda said as at December 2016, K33 million was raised from consumptive tourism compared to K32 million in 2015.
He said the total revenue in 2016 represents an increase of about 26 percent from that of 2015.
Mr Banda said out of the country’s 20 national parks, only four significantly contribute revenue to the treasury.
He named the four lucrative parks as South Luangwa, Musi-oa-Tunya Lower Zambezi and Kafue national parks.
Mr Banda, however, said 16 parks have the potential to significantly contribute to the treasury once funds are made available.
He said there is need for Government to enhance its commitment to protecting wildlife, national parks and game management areas.
Meanwhile, Mr Banda said his ministry was granted treasury authority of 1,752 positions in November 2015 to facilitate the transfer of former ZAWA employees to the civil service.
He said as at December 2015, the number of employees on the ZAWA payroll was 2069.
“The request for the second treasury authority was granted in November 2016 which had 181 positions, thereby increasing the total number of positions to 1,900 from the two treasury authorities,” Mr Banda said.