Mozambique: Government and Carr Foundation sign agreement for joint management of Gorongosa Park

25 June 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 June – The government of Mozambique and the Carr Foundation of US millionaire Greg Carr, Tuesday signed a deal for joint management until 2028 of the Gorongosa National Park, in the centre of the country.

According to a statement issued in Maputo, during the agreement period, the Carr Foundation will spend an annual minimum of US$1.2 million to fund various projects to restore the park and Mozambique will contribute the equivalent of US$158,000 for a period of at least three years.

The activities to be implemented at the park include creation of a conservation services department, which will cover the development and management of the wildlife sanctuary, as well as animal reintroduction and breeding programmes, and a veterinary project and control of slash and burn practices within the park.

The aprk’s management team will have a tourism development department, which will be responsible for promoting the park worldwide, the statement said.

The park’s managers will also set up a community relations department and an education and training department, which will be responsible for education and training programmes for developing workers’ skills in all of the project’s departments.

The funding will also be used to open a research centre at Gorongosa, which will develop and implement the park’s ecological plan, as well as monitoring the ecosystem.

This department will also collect and assess data and develop relations with academic institutions across the world as well as other scientific institutions.

Over the next two decades, a sustainable business model will be drawn up and implemented as will as plan to manage the park. Both these documents will define the policies for developing infrastructures in the park during the contract period. (macauhub)