South Africa’s Peace Park Foundation will provide US$20 million for activities to boost the Zinave National Park, located in the Mozambican province of Inhambane, according to a co-management agreement signed Tuesday.
The agreement signed with the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), of the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development of Mozambique, will allow the development of several biodiversity conservation projects, construction of tourist facilities, management and protection of natural resources and support to community programmes and tourism development.
Under the agreement the Peace Park Foundation will provide the sum announced over the next five years, although the project implementation phase, which is expected to take two years, will consume about US$9 million.
The Minister of Land, Forestry and Rural Development, Celso Correia, acknowledged the many problems facing conservation areas, one of which is poaching, which the Zinave PArk has experienced.
Correia also acknowledged that Mozambique did not have a high level of tourist facilities and a well-honed management model like South Africa, Kenya and Namibia, for example, but added that the creation of partnerships like this can make the difference.
The National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) is responsible for sustainable management of the country’s conservation areas for biodiversity conservation and development promotion.
The Peace Park Foundation (PPF) is a non-profit organisation, whose main area of activity is to support the establishment and development of cross-border conservation areas in Africa. (macauhub/MZ)