Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique to have new management as of September

11 May 2012

The Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique will have new management as of September in order to overcome the conflict of interests between the current private management and conservation of natural resources, said the spokesman for the Mozambican Council of Ministers.

According to the decision from the Council of Ministers, management by Sociedade de Investimentos do Niassa, which is part-owned by the State, via stake-holding company Instituto de Gestão das Participações do Estado, will end this year and a management structure is being prepared to ensure the main objective, which is conservation of forestry and wildlife resources.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Alberto Nkutumula said that the current 10-year contract due to end in September would not be renewed.

The Niassa Reserve covers an area that includes Cabo Delgado province and one third of Niassa province. It was established in the 1950s and since then its size has changed.

The reserve currently covers 42,000 square kilometres, which is twice the size of Kruger national park in South Africa, and has a high concentration of wildlife, which has yet to be explored.

Based on a survey in 2002 it is estimated that the area is home to 12,000 elephants, 2,500 buffalo, 10,000 impala, and 200 wild dogs (at risk of extinction) and there are also lions, leopards, hyenas, and zebras amongst other wild species. (macauhub)