Sign the Petition to Obert Mpofu, Eloundou Assomo Africa Unit UNESCO. Kishore Rao Director Of UNESCO. Minister Of Environment Francis Nhema . H. E. Mr David Hamadziripi Permanent Delegation of ZIMBABWE to UNESCO. Chimbodza Paul Geo Associates (Pvt) Ltd. AND MANY MORE

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STOP MINING IN MANA POOLS. MANA POOLS IS A WORLD HERITAGE SITE, GIVE MANA POOLS A VOICE TO BE HEARD
I would like to take this opportunity in thanking you all for your support in the quest to stop THE exploitation of mana pools national park

OTHER PEOPLE WHOM I SHALL PETITION ARE
Environmental Managment Agency Zimbabwe
Mr A Chigona EMA Director, Environmental Management Services arochigo@gmail.com

Mrs P Shoko EMA Director Environmental Protection Unit, EMA petronellashoko@gmail.com

Ms N Raondry, Regional Man & Biosphere Co-ordinator, UNESCO Regional Science Office for Africa n.raondry-rakotoarisoa@unesco.org
Mr E Chidziya Director Conservation echidziya@zimparks.co.zw
Prof C Magadza UNESCO Regional Chairman magadza.christopherhd@gmail.com

MY STORY

Ever since I was a young kid I was very fortunate . my parents used to take me to Mana Pools National park, I developed a great love for this part of the world. Mana pools is unique wild and untamed the national park doesnt have any fancy lodges or hotels its purely a place that has been untouched for millions of years . In 2011 I visited Mana Pools and was so saddened to hear of a mining development as well as hotel developments which may take place

I have decided to give back what Mana pools national park has given me.
Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, elephants, lions, remoteness and wilderness.
This unique park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE, based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe's most popular parks, and it is easy to see why it falls into this profile.

The name "Mana'' means "four" in the local Shona language. This applies to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. These pools are the remnant ox-bow lakes that the Zambezi River carved out thousands of years ago as it changed its course northwards. Hippopotamus, crocodiles and a wide variety of aquatic birds are associated with the pools. ''Long Pool'', is the largest of the four pools, extending some six kilometres in a west-east direction. This pool has a large population of hippo and crocodiles and is a favourite for the large herds of elephant that come out of the thickly vegetated areas in the south to drink.

On the old river terraces, tourists can walk unaccompanied by guides in the open Albida woodland because visibility is good and there is little danger of unexpectantly coming across dangerous animals. This privilege of walking alone in an area with dangerous wildlife is unique in Zimbabwe. Elephant, eland, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, baboons, monkeys, zebra, warthog and hippo are some of the larger herbivores to be seen regularly on the river terraces as they come out to eat the fallen Albida fruit. Lions, leopards, spotted hyaena and cheetah are present in the area, but their secretive nature makes them more difficult to see. Despite this, it is not often that the visitor leaves Mana Pools without seeing at least one of these large carnivores.

Mana Pools is 2,196 square kilometres in extent but is part of the 10,500 square kilometre Parks and Wildlife Estate that runs from the Kariba Dam in the west to the Mozambique border in the east. This large area is without physical boundaries and the wildlife is free to move throughout the area -

THE MAIN ORGINISATION AT THE FOREFRONT OF CAMPAINGING FOR AND PROTECTING MANA POOLS IS THE ZAMBEZI SOCIETY http://www.zamsoc.org/

Formed in 1982, the Zambezi Society is a conservation organisation which focuses its efforts solely on conserving wildlife and wilderness in the Zambezi Valley.
There mission is to promote the conservation and environmentally sound management of the Zambezi River and its catchment area for the benefit of wilderness, wildlife and people.
There is also a Facebook page dedicated to the Cause , check it out its called https://www.facebook.com/SaveMana

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