German bank KfW to provide funding to Limpopo National Park, Mozambique

22 June 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 June – German development banking group KfW, is to contribute 10 million euros to the programme for transferring resident families from the Limpopo National Park, in Mozambique’s Gaza province, according to a report in Mozambican newspaper, Notícias.

The paper said that the government of Mozambique was working with other partners to find more funds to support the total transfer of over 1,000 families currently living inside the park.

Resettlement of families is considered to be the main condition for ensuring rapid growth and sustainable development of the park, whose wildlife is currently being re-introduced.

Abel Nhaldede, coordinator of the resettlement programme, said that as soon as the funding was available the administrative process of launching a public tender for selection of a contractor to build housing would begin.

Limpopo National Park, which has an area of around 1,100 hectares, was created in November 2001, becoming a component of the Great Limpopo Cross-Border Park involving the Gonarezho National Park in Zumbabwe, Limpopo park in Mozambique and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Since the park was created it has received 100,000 visitors. (macauhub)