Angola: Okavango-Zambezi project discussed at ministerial meeting in Luanda

11 December 2008

Luanda, Angola, 11 Dec – Angola will host the next meeting of Hotel, Tourism and Environmental Ministers to be held in September 2009, with a view to evaluating the progress of the Okavango-Zambezi project, Angolan news agency Angop reported Wednesday.

The agency cited a statement from the Angolan embassy in Botswana which said that, “Angola is totally focused on establishing and developing the Okavango-Zambezi project, a programme that aims to create a conservation area in the cross-border area of Kavango-Zambezi (Kaza Tfca) on the border with Zambia and Namibia.”

According to the statement, the aim was reiterated by the delegation of the Angolan Ministry of Hotels and Tourism during a meeting of the ministers responsible for the sectors of the environment, tourism and natural resources of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, held on 5 December in Kasane, to the north of the capital of Botswana, Gaberone.

Namibia will be the project’s coordinating country, for a two year period, as of January 2009, the statement from the Angolan embassy said.

The Okavango project, the treaty for which is due to be signed by the heads of state and government in June 2010, aims to raise awareness amongst the region’s countries, namely Angola, Botswana, Namíbia, Zâmbia and Zimbabwe of the need to share the benefits of biodiversity resources, by improving management and conservation practices in the Kavango Delta.

On the Angolan side, which covers most of this basin, the project is located in Kuando Kubango in southern Angola, and has the most extensive protected forestry area in Angola, including the natural reserves of Luiana and Mavinga, and four hunting ranges.

This block of partial reserves, which borders Namibia and Zambia, includes the cross-border migration corridors of large mammals and is part of the future Kaza Tfca area. (macauhub)