Maputo, Mozambique, 23 July – The Mozambican government is to provide US$ 54 million to upgrade the country’s national parks and safeguard the wildlife in the reserves, an official has said.
Albino Mahumana, director-general of local tourism, said Friday that although the Maputo government is still seeking financial backers for the scheme, the funds will solely be provided by the Mozambican state and the five-year project is expected to begin by the end of the year.
Maputo’s goal is to rehabilitate the country’s various national parks to restore the wildlife balance in the reserves, some 15 years after the end of Mozambique’s civil war which devastated large areas of the parks and left deadly mines and other munitions strewn over the nature reserves.
“It is also hoped that Mozambique will develop its status as an African safari destination,” added Mahumana.
Mozambique recently approved a US$ 600 tourism development plan, primarily geared to building hotels, casinos and other infrastructures in a bid to capitalize on the staging of FIFA’s 2010 World Cup in neighboring South Africa. (macauhub)