Angola’s national parks need initial investment of US$8 million for conservation

30 September 2009

Luanda, Angola, 30 Sept – Angola’s Environment Ministry needs to invest US$8 million to conserve the country’s 13 national parks, a Ministry official said in Luanda.

The head of the conservation areas department; Joaquim Manuel said that “this overall amount will be an investment made in just the first year. The amount may fall or rise each year according to the investments carried out.”

The Bicuar National Park (Huíla), which covers an area of 7,900 square kilometres needs investment of US$2 million while in Cangandala (Malange) it would be necessary to invest US$1 million.

For other parks, such as Iona (Namibe) and Cameia (Moxico), the funding required is estimated at around US$2.5 million.

The Environment Ministry would need to invest US$1.1 million

Angola has 13 conservation areas, including national parks and natural reserves covering over 82,000 square kilometres, accounting for 6.6 percent of Angola’s total area. (macauhub)