Mozambique: Gilé National Reserve in Zambezia to receive funding from France

28 April 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 28 Apr – France has decided to finance the development of the Gilé National Reserve in Zambezia province, having made one million Euros available for the project, according to Noticias newspaper, in Maputo.

The newspaper added that the four-year initiative was conceived with the intention of preserving and re-establishing the biodiversity and guaranteeing the sustainable use of the resources available in that protected area. The agreement for the funding of the project was signed recently in Maputo by the governor of the Banco de Moçambique, Ernesto Gove, and by the French Development Agency (AFD) director, Bruno Leclerc.

A joint statement said that the project would also include the reintroduction of animals such as the black rhino, as well as working with the communities living in areas surrounding the reserve.

According to the statement, the Gilé reserve has exceptional diversity, as one of the last wild areas remaining in the region, despite the enormous pressure put upon its resources.

The project, said the statement, was part of a vast development program for the reserve, involving the participation of the Italian non-governmental organization, COSV.

The French Development Agency is involved in development programs in the National Parks of Limpopo, in Gaza province and Quirimbas, in Cabo Delgado.

Covering an estimated area of four million hectares, the Limpopo Park was created in December 2002 by Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The Quirimbas Park, according to the same source, has great potential in terms of biodiversity and tourism, particularly in the coastal region. (macauhub)