Mozambique: Carr Foundation to continue supporting Gorongosa Park

4 January 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 4 Jan – The US Car Foundation has pledged to provide US$30 million over the next 10 years to Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, according to Mozambican Tourism Minister, Fernando Sumbana, talking to news agency AIM.

This funding, the minister said, would be applied on restocking the park’s fauna, construction of three tourist camps, two of which for garbage, and training park rangers and other staff.

Sumbana also said that since 2005 the Carr foundation had provided funding of US$6 million, which “were used to set up the basic working conditions of the park,” such as development of basic facilities.

The minister said that the government had identified a partner to manage the park and prevent it becoming run down.

He noted that Gorongosa had “very special” characteristics, such as no less than 54 ecosystems, including the Urema lake, the Pungué river, the Cheringoma plateau and the Gorngosa mountain range.

The government projects that in the fifth year after its recuperation, the Gorongosa National Park will start receiving 500,000 tourists per year providing estimated revenue of US$75 million.

The Gorongosa Park, which was practically destroyed in the civil war, was close din 1982 and even after the civil war ended was a smuggling area and only in 1995 did the government began re-establishing its authority over the park. (macauhub)